, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 16 – Senior Counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi and advocate Fred Ngatia will appear before the tribunal investigating complaints lodged against High Court judge Joseph Mutava on Wednesday.
The two were initially meant to testify before the tribunal on Monday but it was forced to adjourn its sittings after being informed that Mutava’s lawyer Philip Nyachoti was, “indisposed.”
Abdullahi unlike Ngatia has not been summoned but expressed an interest in appearing before the tribunal to rebut an accusation made against him by one of its witnesses, Rose Mbithe Mulwa. She has accused him of demanding a Sh120 million bribe from her though one Rashid Hussein in exchange for a favourable ruling in a property dispute for which he was representing her opponent.
“@CapitalFMKenya I love this… even when I have nothing to do (with it) my name bubbles and pops up. I hope @CapitalFMKenya will cover when (I) go to the tribunal… crazy stuff,” he tweeted.
— Ahmednasir Abdullahi (@ahmednasirlaw) April 20, 2016
When Nyachoti first brought up Abdullahi before the tribunal in his cross-examination of retired Justice Leonard Njagi, he later complained of receiving a, “disturbing text message,” from the Senior Counsel; one of the reasons he gave when he sought an adjournment of the tribunal’s proceedings on April 21.
Given the precedent, Abdullahi on Monday joked that Nyachoti may have once again gotten cold feet over the prospect of having to take him on.
“@CapitalFMKenya I told him he is unprofessional…what is disturbing about that?” he’d tweeted.
@CapitalFMKenya I told him he is unprofessional…what is disturbing about that?
— Ahmednasir Abdullahi (@ahmednasirlaw) April 21, 2016
Ngatia will be appearing before the tribunal to testify on a complaint he made over Mutava’s handling of a suit filed by East African Portland Cement.
Ngatia represented the Industrialisation Permanent Secretary in the case and has complained that Mutava issued a ruling that disregarded a previous order made by Justice Mohammed Warsame.