PLO Lumumba Dragged To Court For Theft

Remember PLO Lumumba? He served as the Director of Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission between 2010 to 2011 and is the present Director of The Kenya School of Laws.

Yes, Prof. Patrick Loch Otieno. He’s the one!

Reports have it that he’s been dragged to court by a constitutional human rights lawyer for stealing intellectual property.

BuzzKenya gathered that the Constitutional human rights lawyer, Mr. Wachira Maina wants PLO Lumumba to face the law for plagiarizing his article from a local weekly newspaper to a journal.

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Maina said it’s unfair for Prof Lumumba to take his intellectual property and publish it in the Law Society of Kenya Journal as his own work.

The article as published in the Law Society of Kenya Journal was titled ‘From Jurisprudence to Poliprudence: The Kenyan Presidential Election Petition 2013.’

However, Mr. Maina said PLO Lumumba lifted the publication from his article which was published by the East African newspaper on the 20th ofApril 2013.

According to Maina, Professor lifted about 5,000 words, word for word from his piece.

Representing Mr. Maina, Lawyer Gitobu Imanyara remarked that the article on the Law Society of Kenya Journal is being circulated in Kenya School of Laws as PLO Lumumba’s work.

With that, Imanyara asserted that Mr. Lumumba’s cut and paste is dishonest and misleading.

“PLO has plagiarized the intellectual property belonging to Mr. Maina and has breached the constitution as expected of a state or public officer, this court needs to restrain him from performing his duties temporarily,” Imanyara stated.

He argued that Lumumba has dishonored his office and emphasized the need for the court to suspend him from being the Director of the law school until the issue is resolved.

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Aside that, Imanyara asked that the issue be urgently certified and heard on a priority basis.

Also, he demanded that PLO Lumumba, the Kenya School of Laws, Laws Society Kenya and the Law Africa Publishing be barred from further circulating the journal with the stolen piece.