Ng’ania Mellisa, probably the youngest female lawyer in the 2017 presidential petition at the Supreme Court ruled the social media because she was operating in the company of senior citizens. Ng’ania Mellisa and senior counsels Fred Ngatia, Ahmednassir Abdullahi and lawyer Tom Macharia were representing President Uhuru Kenyatta in the petition filed by Raila odinga challenging his re-election.
According to Standard Digital Kenya, she works for Wairegi Gatetua and Associates and was admitted to the bar in 2011. Mellisa first worked with Havi and Co. Advocates for six years of which she says gave her the exposure. In an exclusive interview with the Standard Ng’enia revealed that it was one of her best experiences as a lawyer to be part of President Uhuru’s legal team at the Supreme Court.
‘It was a great experience and I loved the team work and resilience’ said Ng’enia. The last born in a family of six admits that she loves what she does apart from the hectic schedule that comes with the job.
Mellisa went to Tororo Girls in Uganda before joining Makerere University where she later graduated with a law degree before going back to Kenya and later enrolling at Kenya Law School.
Advice to the youth
Mellisa advises the youth to choose their path wisely and do their best in the career path. ‘Do not shy away from networking for you never know where your luck lies’ added Mellisa.
In 2013, Lawyer Kethi Kilonzo was the youngest lawyer at the Supreme Court during the 2013 presidential petition. Despite her age, Kethi was composed, eloquent and a great inspiration to many Kenyans especially young women. She represented the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG), which had filed a petition to invalidate Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election on the grounds that there had numerous irregularities in voter registration, electronic voter identification and tallying.