Fake Kenyan lawyer wins 26 cases without legal training, gets arrested

05:23 PM | 19 Oct, 2023
Brian Mwenda
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If Mike Ross from Suits can keep winning lawsuits up until his arrest in season 5, why can’t this Kenyan lad do the same, just with a little less fiction and more reality? As surprising as it sounds, a young man from Kenya pretended to be a lawyer and won a surprising 26 cases. 

Whether he took inspiration from Legally Blonde or My Cousin Vinny, Brian Mwenda certainly inspired others to opt for law and make it look interesting. Mwedna, who posed as Brian Mwenda Ntwiga, a registered lawyer in the country, represented his clients in the courtrooms, according to media outlets. 

The imposter Mwenda allegedly accessed the law society's portal, fabricated the actual lawyer's credentials, and also uploaded an image of himself. Eventually, the real lawyer contacted the society after he could not gain access to his online account, leading to the former’s arrest.

According to BBC, Mwenda has now been arrested by the Rapid Action Team of the Nairobi Branch of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK). In a statement, the LSK shared, "On the 5th Day of August 2022, Brian Mwenda Ntwiga was admitted to the Bar and his correct email address was captured and an Account opened for him in the Advocates portal."

"We have reached out to Advocate Brian Mwenda Ntwiga who confirmed that he had not applied for a practising certificate since his admission, reason being that he had been working at the Office of the Attorney General and did not require a Practicing Certificate,” the statement further read.

“It was only until sometimes in September 2023 when he attempted to login to the system and activate his profile with the intention of applying for his Practising Certificate that he realised he could not access his LSK Portal."

The accused man defended himself and reportedly said, "I would like to convey my gratitude to the people that are supporting me and praying for me... in the fullness of time I will be able to clear this misunderstanding.” 

He was apparently released on cash bail, according to former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko, who has publicly defended the fake lawyer, reported BBC.

With no legal education to help him solidify his dream career, Mwenda stunned everyone upon his arrest – showing that the young fellow possesses remarkable intelligence, which if provided with appropriate circumstances, could have made him one of the finest and smartest lawyers in the judiciary world.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 29 Feb 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 29, 2024 (Thursday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.1 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352 for buying, and 355.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.3.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 29 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.1 282.35
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352 355.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.3 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
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