, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 18 – Senior Counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi has denied asking for a Sh120 million bribe to ‘throw’ a case.
Abdullahi who appeared before the tribunal investigating complaints lodged against Justice Joseph Mutava on Wednesday, said the woman who claims so, Rose Mbithe Mulwa, must be, “delusional,” – Mulwa being the complainant in a case in which Abdullahi is contracted for the defence.
“My daughter who is 10 years old is reading a book from school called the Gangsta Granny, and when you look at the modus operandi of this lady, she comes very close to that really. I have no reason to ask her for a bribe; I am acting for a client who I have agreed on how they’ll pay me and they’ve paid me and I’m happy,” he testified.
Mulwa who appeared before the tribunal on May 11 – when she recanted her earlier testimony that Mutava asked her for Sh2.5 million in a bribe over the same matter – testified that Abdullahi through a Rashid Hussein, asked first for Sh4 million, then between Sh20 and 30 million and eventually Sh120 million from her when he learnt the true value of the property in dispute.
The said Hussein has however denied approaching Mulwa on Abdullahi’s behalf with such a proposal. In fact, he swears to the opposite.
“Rose Mbithe asked me to approach Ahmed Nassir (sic) to request him to desist from frustrating her over her Karen Property. However Nasir flatly informed me that he was not going to discuss any matter concerning these issues,” an affidavit he swore on Wednesday reads.
There is however an audio recording online in which Mulwa and a man believed to be Hussein can be heard discussing the demands the former has accused Abdullahi of making.
“I am aware of the rumour that went round in the social media claiming that the said Abdullahi Ahmednassir senior counsel asked for a bribe from one Rose Mbithe through me. I want to state that I have never nor at all approached Mbithe to solicit for a bribe over her land myself or on behalf of senior counsel AhmendNassir Abdulahi (sic),” was Hussein’s sworn response.
Abdullahi on the other hand said he found the audio recording, “laughable,” because he was not, “seized of the matter,” when it was before Retired Justice Leonard Njagi for whom it was, Mulwa first testified, Mutava had asked for the Sh2.5 million bribe.
In his cross-examination of Njagi on April 20, Mutava through lawyer Philip Nyachoti, had sought to establish a link between the retired judge and the senior counsel; but on Wednesday, the advocate had not a single question for the witness whom he’d accused of sending him a, “disturbing,” text message.