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Letangule & Co Advocates

Thomas Letangule
Senior Lawyer, Team Leader (+254) 020 2711367/27


Practice Areas:

  • Election Law
  • Constitutional and Human Rights Law
  • Public interest litigation
  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Employment
  • Environmental Law

Thomas holds an LLB(Hons) and LLM from the University of Nairobi and is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya.He also holds Diplomas from the Kenya School of Law and Kenya Access to Justice Trial Advocacy.

He is a man of wide experience and has represented the firm in numerous cases. He represented the Maasai Community of Kenya and Tanzania in their quest to assert and reclaim their culture, which had been commercialized by companies around the world at the expense of the community.He did this in partnership with International Intellectual Property Lobbyist Light Years IP, American Law firm Arnold & Porter, US congress and the local Maasai elders.

He was also involved in the Prosopis Juliflora case (Charles Lekuyen Nabori and Others vs Attorney General and Others) where he successfully made submissions to a three judge bench of the Constitutional Court sitting in Nairobi to convince the court that the right to life is equal to the right to a clean and healthy environment.Following the orders granted in the suit, the Ministry of Agriculture declared the 'mathenge' weed noxious.

He is also credited with the petitioning of a case that promoted the rights of squatters in Kenya (Mahira Housing Co. Ltd v Mama Ngina Kenyatta & Another (suing as trustees of WanyinyuNgeke Ranch), where the Court of Appeal awarded 300 acres of land to 16,000 squatters who had legitimate customary claim to the land.

He successfully championed for the rights of the representation of indigenous people, being the lead counsel in Ilchamus case (Lemeiguran& 3 Others vs the Attorney General). In this case the Petitioners sought to have the right of the Ilchamus people, a minority marginalized group, to representation in the National Assembly of the Republic of Kenya under the Constitution.This case has become a point of reference world over for the right of representation by the indigenous people.

In the year 2008, Letangule was awarded at the UN Declaration of the Indigenous People for being a powerful voice of a community that has been traditionally marginalized. As the chairperson of the IEBC Disputes Resolution Committee, he presided over the resolution of more than 2000 nomination disputes arising from the election period in the year 2013.
He has been involved in many other landmark cases on employment law and he has also been a key legal consultant on matters election laws, human rights and public interest litigation.


  • Law Society of Kenya.
  • East African Law Society.
  • ACE Practitioner Network Association of World Election Bodies (AWEB).
  • Reload that truck than it did to change.
  • Commonwealth Law Association.

Certifications/Positions held/Awards

  • Professional Certificate in Management of Electoral Processes by the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS).
  • Participation:(25th-28th March 2008)- Nigeria Bar Association, Business Law.
  • Participation: (2nd -11th November 2008 in Baguio City, Philippines)- Asia Regional Training of Lawyers and advocacy on indigenous people's Rights and International Rights Law.
  • Commissioner-Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission: 2011-2016
  • Chairperson: Dispute Resolution Committee and the ICT Mainyoito Pastoralist Integrated Development Organization and MAA Civil Society.
  • Certificate of recognition awarded to mark the international indigenous peoples, safeguarding the rights of the Maasai People in Kenya awarded at the UN Declaration of the Indigenous People for being a powerful voice of a community that has been traditionally marginalized.

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