NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 31 – The Association of Young Lawyers – Kenya on Thursday raised issue with Senior Counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi over how he has represented the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) in the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).
Secretary General of the association Jack Bigambo said that they would not back the return of Abdullahi to office as their representative when his term comes to an end.
“We participated immensely in the recommendation of Ahmednasir into the JSC with the belief that he would represent us diligently.
“I don’t know what bug ate him after joining the JSC because he no longer represents the interests of the society and we have lost confidence in him,” explained Bigambo.
The lawyer added that the JSC lost objectivity in its public display of differences in the recent case against former Chief Registrar Gladys Boss Shollei.
“The misconduct by the commission goes a long way to show their lack of respect for the rule of law in handling issues within its ambit.
“Being the body that is tasked to be the gateway to justice in the society their actions are unspeakable and should be condemned,” he added.
He explained “we have seen a need for a complete reconstruction of the membership of the JSC and fresh members with integrity be appointed. This matter comes right when lawyers have been tasked with replacing their LSK representative to the commission and we opt to endorse a candidate that we see best suited for the position,” he said.
The association threw its weight behind former LSK chairman Okong’o Omogeni in the battle to replace Abdullahi saying that he (Omogeni) had an impeccable record geared towards championing the interests of all lawyers.
“Okong’o is a man of integrity and we have confidence that his leadership will be on course to rein back sanity and integrity of the JSC,” the young advocates said.
LSK Secretary Apollo Mboya on October 16 said Abdullahi’s tenure as the society’s representative in the JSC will end on December 31 while the LSK’s other representative, Florence Mwangangi, will continue serving for another five years.
According to the LSK, one of the advocates appointed to the JSC in 2010 was to serve for only three years and Article 171 of the Constitution establishes that the JSC consists of two Advocates of the High Court – a man and woman.
“A full council meeting held resolved to advertise for the position currently occupied by Mr Abdullahi. The LSK Council is empowered to replace its representative in the JSC in accordance with Section 20(3) of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution,”Mboya said.
The LSK Council who advertised the position via email and in the press called on lawyers with experience with at least 15 years service who are interested in the position to apply.