Jackline Nakholi, 27, said she was involved in a road accident in 2014 at Ugunja along Busia-Kisumu highway where she was seriously injured and her minor lost the right leg.

Story/Tony Wafula

A woman from Funyula Constituency, Busia County is appealing to the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) to intervene and help her get her money back.

This is after a lawyer allegedly vanished with her KSh 1.6 million accident compensation that a Kisumu court awarded to them as compensation.

Jackline Nakholi, 27, said she was involved in a road accident in 2014 at Ugunja along Busia-Kisumu highway where she was seriously injured and her minor lost the right leg.

She said David Neriko Omwenga through the Nerico and Advocates took up the case which lasted for nearly three years.

‘’I was seriously injured and my child lost the right leg, which has heavily cost the family,’’ she said.

Later on Ukwala principal magistrate court awarded the family Ksh 1.6 million where the minor was awarded Ksh 1.1 million while the mother was awarded Ksh 550,000 in compensation.

The family says since the money was awarded, their lawyer has not been picking their calls and when they try to reach him physically, the lawyer always turned them away.

The distraught family decided to report the matter to Central police station in Kisumu and when the file was opened, the lawyer invited Jackline to his office where he handed him an expenditure of close to Ksh 1.2 million and told her to either pick the remaining or lose all the money.

The family says since the accident occurred, the three year old minor’s leg was amputated and as such it needs to be replaced after every six months at a cost.

‘’We have used all the available resources in replacing the artificial leg and now we don’t have anything left. My child’s leg is almost getting worse and as such, I call upon the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and LSK to intervene and help me get justice since the life of my minor is at risk,’’ Jackline said.

However, on his part, David Omwenga said he has been urging his client to come on board and agree on how they will share the  money saying the client did not contributed even a single shilling for the years the case was running.

‘’Let them come and sit down we sought this. They were not willing to pay me for the work done and were demanding for all the Ksh 1.6m the court awarded that’s why I still have the money,’’ he said.

However, a Nairobi based lawyer said it was unfair for the lawyer to take more than Ksh 1.2 million leaving the most vulnerable with less than Ksh 0.5 million.

The family called upon the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and other investigating bodies to intervene and make sure that justice is reached.

‘’I plead to the LSK to come on board and help me solve this case, it has made me developed me mental problem because of hard thinking,’’ she pleaded

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