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The global economic landscape is ever-evolving and in recent years we have witnessed a growing interest in the establishment of a common currency among BRICS member nations—Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. BRIC was first established in the year 2006 with South Africa joining in 2010 to make it BRICS. Since then, the bloc has become an important platform for economic cooperation among emerging markets and developing countries. Beginning this year on 1st January 2024, BRICS admitted more countries to the Bloc—Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates - which are estimated to add a trillion-plus dollars to the overall BRICS GDP. It appears that this is a strategic approach to building the BRICS’s overall financial power.

The recent ruling by the High Court of Kenya in the case involving the Owners of Motor Vessel Haigui (Ann's Import and Export Enterprises Limited) against Galana Energies Limited and others has raised eyebrows, particularly regarding the court's choice of language. In paragraph 45 of its decision, the court bluntly stated that the documents presented by the claimant failed to provide any evidence of purchasing, importing, or requisitioning oil. The court went further, suggesting that based on the evidence, no oil could have left Saudi Arabia.

My phone has not stopped buzzing, from November last year to date, with various candidates for different seats at the Law Society of Kenya seeking my attention with their manifestos and requests for votes. I exercised my right and duty and voted for my preferred candidates for the LSK on 29th February 2024, but well, the messages kept coming, because there were yet other elections to be held for the various branches. It is exhausting, and perhaps we should have a conversation about consolidating all these elections so that they are all held in one day. That is a conversation for another day. Today, I wish to summarize what I have observed over the five months of the campaign and elections.

Exactly two years ago, I met the 50th President of the Law Society, Mr. Eric Theuri, at his chambers having then just ascended to the presidency. He expressed how much his tenure would depend on consensus building; his leadership style had also then been largely lauded as one that prominently features consensus building and exhaustion of local remedial alternatives before escalating issues to external fora. In the ensuing two years, Mr. Theuri worked so closely with Vice-President, Ms. Faith Odhiambo, who as fate would have it, has now been sworn into office as the 51st President of the Law Society of Kenya—serving as the second female President in the history of the law society!

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Exactly two years ago, I met the 50th President of the Law Society, Mr. Eric Theuri, at his chambers having then just ascended to the presidency. He expressed how much his tenure would depend on consensus building; his leadership style had also then been largely lauded as one that prominently features consensus building and exhaustion of local remedial alternatives before escalating issues to external fora. In the ensuing two years, Mr. Theuri worked so closely with Vice-President, Ms. Faith Odhiambo, who as fate would have it, has now been sworn into office as the 51st President of the Law Society of Kenya—serving as the second female President in the history of the law society!