Critically acclaimed city lawyer Cliff Ombeta has turned down the opportunity to represent suspected quack doctor Mugo wa Wairimu, saying it would be a ‘curse’.
Ombeta, who boasts an expansive client list including the Ngirita family, Joe Irungu aka Joe Jowie and Migori governor Okoth Obado, cited backlash from Kenyans on social media as one of the reasons why he dropped Mugo wa Wairimu like a hot potato.
“Being a man with a daughter, I do not want to handle that matter anymore. I have managed to get him out on bond and bail in previous matters but now I have decided this matter is a little bit murky,” Mr Ombeta told journalists at Milimani Law Courts on Wednesday.
He added, “I tend to also think the energy that I will receive as a backlash is negative especially from ladies and women. So I’d rather not invite that curse and proceed with that matter for him and allow somebody else to handle it.”
“He(Mugo wa Wairimu will really have to look for somebody else to do it for him.”
On whether the quack doctor is a repeat offender, Ombeta said, “I cannot he is a repeat offender because they have not convicted him before on the other charges. But the charges keep on coming which means that they are seeing he is doing these things regularly.”
Mugo had reportedly offered Cliff Ombeta Sh1 million for his legal services.
The fake doctor was arrested in Gachie, Kiambu County on Tuesday evening after being on the run for two weeks.
He was presented at Milimani law courts on Wednesday, where prosecutors sought more time to investigate his illegal clinics in Nairobi’s Kayole estate.
Mugo wa Wairimu will, therefore, remain in custody for ten days.