, NAIROBI, Kenya Jun 28 – Lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi now says he will defend his post as one of Law Society of Kenya representatives in the Judicial Service Commission.
This comes only hours after LSK chairman Eric Mutua announced in a statement that the Abdullahi had opted out of the race.
But in messages on his Twitter account @ahmednasirlaw, the outspoken lawyer stated he will be seeking another term once his current one in JSC expires.
Abdullahi says he has unfinished business with the Judiciary and lawyers and added that he welcomes any competition for the post.
“I have decided that upon expiry of my first term in JSC, I will put my name forward for another term of 5 years. I welcome any competition,” read one of his tweets.
“I have unfinished business with the Judiciary and lawyers and I want to see that I do what my voters want. Thank you and God bless.”
LSK is represented by two elected members, Abdullahi and Florence Mwangangi on the JSC.
Mutua had earlier on Friday released a statement explaining that Abdullahi had “opted not to contest the position” despite being eligible to run for a further term.
But in response to this, Abdullahi tweeted; “Yesterday I met the chair of LSK and informed him that I will retire and not seek another term. Since then some developments had occurred. Having considered all these developments and having consulted widely I have reconsidered by position.”
In accordance with Section 20(3) of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of Kenya 2010, one LSK representative should serve on the JSC for three years and the other can go on for five years. The one who retires after three years can seek re-election for another term.
In series of tweets “to set the record straight” Abdullahi revealed that certain events made him strongly reconsider pulling out of the race.
Among them was media reports that the LSK was plotting to remove him as their representative to JSC.
“For sometime I really didn’t want to run for another term or even see whether I could serve for a 5 year term. I wanted to retire from JSC.” he explained, “Then there was some document from LSK that falsely created the impression that LSK has any say in the matter. Or that I was recalled.”
Abdullahi was elected to the JSC in 2010 through secret ballot by lawyers. He got 896 votes while his closest rival Chacha Odera had 482 votes. Mwangangi took the female LSK slot with 465 votes defeating Mercy Ondeche who got 410 votes.
The JSC is chaired by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga and has 10 members including Justice Smokin Wanjala representing the Supreme Court, Justice Isaac Lenaola representing the High Court, Emily Ominde representing Magistrates, Attorney General Githu Muigai, Titus Gatere, Prof Christine Mango, Rev Samuel Kobia and Gladys Shollei who is the secretary.
The JSC is tasked with hiring judges and magistrates, and making recommendations on the conditions of service of judges and judicial officers.