NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 24 – Two Kenyans who want members the Judicial Service Commission’s Finance Committee disbanded have told a parliamentary committee that lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi should not continue holding office because of several improprieties including abuse of office and lacking a practicing certificate.
Neptune Credit Limited Director Bryan Yongo, who is one of the petitioners sensationally claimed that Abdullahi had on several occasions confided in him that he had coached Willy Mutunga before he attended the JSC interview for the job of Chief Justice.
“Ahmednasir Abdullahi confided in me that while the interviews for the Chief Justice were underway, he and senior counsel Paul Muite took the current Chief justice Willy Mutunga to Abdullahi’s residence in Karen for coaching.”
“You have seen even during the interview (on television) and the revelation of the e-mail transmission between the CJ and Abdullahi, it is evident that the CJ is a captive of Abdullahi. He was coached and sub-planted by Abdullahi and Muite to that post,” said Yongo.
Yongo who claimed to have been a close friend of the Senior Counsel before they fell out, told the National Assembly’s Justice and Legal Affairs committee to direct a mobile provider to furnish them with his text message records in order to corroborate the allegation.
Yongo told the committee how on one occasion he saw the two Senior Counsel (Abdullahi and Muite) and Mutunga go into a meeting.
He also accused Abdullahi of leaking deliberations by JSC to Mutunga.
He further claims that Abdullahi is not fit to serve as a lawyer because he does not hold a practicing certificate of advocacy citing that the he never undertook his pupilage at a law firm owned by the late Peter Simani.
Yongo says he first met Abdullahi in 1991 or 1992 when he was seeking an opportunity to do his pupilage at Simani’s law firm.
“I knew for a fact that Abdullahi did not have a practicing certificate when in 2002 he signed it in my presence,” Yongo stated, but argued that Simani did not hold a practicing certificate during that period,” he said.
“I was sure he was not practicing law when I saw the letter on the stated date. When I had sight of the letter dated July 2012 from LSK, I knew Simani did not have a practicing certificate,” he said.
He further accused the controversial lawyer of harassing two women who rejected his sexual advances.
Committee members raised issues on the names of the women mentioned in the sexual offence allegations, saying it is ‘unfair and will prejudice the women’s lives’ and also put their lives in danger.
Committee Chairperson Samuel Chepkonga ordered Yongo to hold the affidavit on sexual assaults allegations until next week Wednesday.
Another person who appeared before the committee to testify against Abdullahi was Leonard Kamweti, who was a legal officer with the National Bank of Kenya. He told the committee how the controversial lawyer had used his position and connections with senior officers at NBK to have him sacked.
Kamweti claims this followed his refusal to withdraw a case where he alleges Abdullahi obtained confidential documents from the bank and passed them on to a judge and other parties.
He was informed that he will lose his job if he continued with the complaint against the controversial lawyer.
“Along the way he will try to create smoke screens in order to raise red herrings.”
Chepkonga explained that the committee is mandated to verify any information provided before a tribunal is established to investigate the same and issue recommendation on the suitability of the commissioners to remain in office.
Members of the JSC Sub-Committee on Finance led by Abdullahi are expected to appear before the House team on Friday.