By Wuod Hellena
If youâ€™re asked to name top criminal lawyers in the country and you donâ€™t fling Cliff Ombeta into the mix, think again boss; you arenâ€™t counting criminal lawyers, maybe youâ€™re counting your village witches. I should explain.
Ombeta is not your ordinary criminal lawyer. The guy is super good and knows the rules of the game. Heâ€™s the only guy in this country who deems criminals innocent until theyâ€™re proven guilty. The rest of us will pass a guilty verdict on you until proven otherwise. One more thingy, you donâ€™t hire Cliff if youâ€™re as white as cotton. No â€“ if youâ€™re innocent you grab any member of the bar.
You only knock on Ombetaâ€™s door if you did it â€“ you planted a dagger into the throat of that son of a bitch, or you emptied your magazine on the head of that fool you found in your bed screwing your wife or you are hiding public money in your pillows; you know your goose is cooked and thus want a renowned devilâ€™s advocate to save your skin.
If youâ€™re a criminal in this country, whether youâ€™re a thug emptying public purse or or just a hustler eking out a living with a gun tucked on your waist, and you donâ€™t have Cliff on your speed dial, youâ€™re cooked! In being the devilâ€™s advocate, Cliff makes money like shiiiieet! Apart from corruption, representing crooks is the second highest paying job in Kenya.
You donâ€™t contact Ombeta if youâ€™re as poor as my village drunk who has been wearing one long trousers since I was born. When it gets torn and he visits a tailor, he will undress and remain with the undie (which was ravaged in World War I) and get it repaired. Cliff knows how to poke holes in prosecutionâ€™s case and when youâ€™re found guilty â€“ like it happens so often â€“ he is very good at pleading with the judge to be human and hand you a lesser sentence.
So donâ€™t berate him for taking up the governorâ€™s case. As I said earlier, you donâ€™t knock on Cliffâ€™s door if you have not been accused or adversely mentioned in a serious criminal investigation. If youâ€™re innocent you look for senior counsel James Orengo Nyatiengâ€™. you only give Cliff a call if your hands are marinated in blood. In short, Cliff is the Orengo of the underworld. Uwinjo?