Exposing Ahmednasir Abdullahi

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So, who will be the official opposition in Kenya?

With the expected appointment of the Cabinet, the Uhuru Kenyatta Administration will soon hit the ground running. The administration has a lot going for it.

It is headed by two young leaders who are hungry to achieve great things and take their people to great heights. Kenyans are praying for them to succeed and realise their dreams.

When a country makes a transition like the one we are going through and is led by charismatic and dynamic leaders, mistakes will be made. It is also times like now when expectations are heightened that unsavoury characters can take advantage. Some can even derail the locomotive of history.

It is times like now that ordinary people should be vigilant and play the public watchman’s role. Kenya, at present, is in a unique situation for the traditional watchdogs are either not credible or are mortally wounded. This means that non-traditional actors must take their place and provide checks and balances.

Traditionally, the official opposition in Parliament mans the first lines of defence against government. The Cord alliance and its leaders are on record as stating that they will provide such opposition.

President Uhuru says his government welcomes a strong opposition. This collective wish notwithstanding, Cord is too weak to provide an effective opposition. First, it simply doesn’t have the numbers in the House.

Second, Cord’s top leaders are ordinary citizens that hold no public offices and thus are ineffective in Parliament where battles will be won and lost.
Third, Cord is led by limping leaders badly injured in the recent bruising elections. Four, members of the opposition parties in Kenya have a propensity to seek state patronage and Cord members may be tempted soon. These debilitating limitations militate against Cord providing a credible opposition.

NGOs play important roles in providing opposition to governments. In Kenya, such organisations have played vital watchdog roles in the past. The Uhuru Administration can ignore the noises and agitations from NGOs. The current crop of NGOs are too partisan, tribal and unaccountable. There is hardly a single charismatic leader in NGOs whose voice is respected by Kenyans.

Taken seriously

Second, NGOs in Kenya are ethnically grouped and inspired for them to be taken seriously. Third, NGOs in Kenya are profit making personal enterprises that give lip-service to the public good. Four, NGOs are too beholden to Western interests and agenda.

Western ambassadors in Africa play the opposition in the politics of the host country. The British ambassador’s insistence that spoilt votes be counted in the presidential tally at Bomas is one such example. The Moi government used to tremble when Western ambassadors voiced their concerns on issues. The Kibaki Administration ignored them.

The same fate will befall them under Uhuru. Almost all the Western embassies in Nairobi were openly rooting for Cord in the last election. Uhuru will pay back and ignore them.

So, who will be the official opposition? Three entities will fill the void. These are the courts, the Constitution and ordinary Kenyans. The courts will not provide an ideological opposition or even a consciously organised opposition to the government.

To the contrary, the court will act only when it thinks the government has acted contrary to the law. An independent, credible judiciary will provide the most potent check to the excesses of the state.

Implementation of the Constitution is at an infancy stage. In the next few years, that process will gather pace. The implementation of the Constitution and how that process is handled by the courts will greatly impact on the government.

Lastly, the people of Kenya will demand a lot from their government. The era when the citizenry was taken for granted is long gone. Whereas a majority of Kenyans will support and pray for the Uhuru government, they will monitor and audit it all the way.

Ahmednasir Abdullahi is the publisher, Nairobi Law Monthly ahmednasir@kenyalawmonthly.com

http://www.nation.co.ke/oped/Opinion/So-who-will-be-the-official-opposition-in-Kenya-/-/440808/1747572/-/vgu17w/-/index.html

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  1. President Kenyatta suspends 6 JSC members, forms tribunal to investigate them

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    Chief Justice Willy Mutunga flanked by members of the Judicial Service Commission at a past press briefing. President Uhuru Kenyatta on November 29 suspended six members of the JSC and appointed a tribunal to investigate them. PHOTO | FILE NATION MEDIA GROUP

    President Uhuru Kenyatta has suspended six members of the Judicial Service Commission with immediate effect and named a tribunal to investigate their conduct.

    In a special issue Gazette notice on Friday, President Kenyatta named Retired Justice Aaron Ringera as chairperson of the tribunal with Jennifer Shamallah, Ambrose Weda and Mutua Kilaka as members. The tribunal is set to investigate the conduct of Ahmednasir Abdullahi, Rev. Samuel Kobia, Prof, Christine Mango, Justice Mohamed Warsame, Emily Ominde and Florence Mwangangi.

    More here:

    http://www.nation.co.ke/news/politics/Uhuru-Kenyatta-Judicial-Service-Commission-Tribunal/-/1064/2093232/-/14xa9wh/-/index.html

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      Uhuru Kenyatta has yet again single-handedly reversed another major gain of the new Constitution through this action. The JSC is the gatekeeper of the new Judiciary. Kenyatta has now hijacked it — being able to determine who sits in the new JSC.

      That way Kenyatta will be able to indirectly determine Judicial appointments unilaterally – just at the point where an international crimes division (ICD) is being devised.

      We are back to square one! Talk of putting Hyenas in charge of the Hen House! Can we just say we are losing the independence of the judiciary!

      I can’t wait for the next genuine wave of real vetting within this institution. If one were conducted today, even Mutunga would fail spectacularly — specifically for lack of spine and bending to the whims of questionable characters like the conniving Grand Mullah. Where is the independence for Pete’s sake? What a let down!

      Look at how Mutunga is being circled by wagons –attending to “summons” from Kenyatta (State House) alongside the rogue politician heading parliament (Justin Muturi). This Nyayo Philosophy is definitely not what the new Constitution envisaged. Such unconstitutional Kamkunjis and Ugali sessions are what provide cover for Kenyatta’s unilateral discombobulation of the JSC.

      The 6 suspended JSC members are sentimentally remembered as part of the team that ushered the new Judiciary. Yet (ironically) they are the same ones fingered by the alleged grand thief Glady’s Shollei. If there was one bad apple within JSC (like Ahmednassir), why not surgically pluck the bad one out? Why suspend all 6? We can see through the veil.

      The dragon of corruption has successfully made a come-back in the judiciary –fighting back ferociously. Hapless Mutunga can only watch.

      Mutunga must start accepting the reality that he will have to live with. The rain started beating him during the presidential election petition. He will keep hearing this truth from many Kenyans for the rest of his public life (and legacy debates). The world saw how much he succumbed to intimidation/was warned against exercising judicial activism — a standard prerequisite for societal transformation during transitions. He is a sharp legal scholar who has studied the role of the Supreme Court in great societies like the US. Were it not for judicial activism, slavery and racial segregation would still be existing in the US. There would probably be no civil rights over here.

      See where the retrogressive conservative philosophies Mutunga opted this year are now taking us! Back to stone age!

      Unfettered Executive and Legislative interference with the Judiciary is now vogue.

      It is illustrated here by the obvious fact that only JSC members fingered by Gladys Shollei have been suspended and sent to the tribunal…most for the flimsiest and vexatious allegations…This tyranny which seeks to reconstitute the judiciary is way too obvious. This obvious game of playing politics with the judiciary is the last knell to this Institution’s integrity.

      Mutunga allowed himself to be immersed in the mess of the status quo — and under his watch, the integrity of the “reformed” judiciary is crumbling right before our eyes. I do not mind Ahmednassir’s suspension…because there are valid grounds to probe the latter. But what’s Prof. Mango’s fault for instance?

      Let it be clear that Mutunga helped create all this mess — he definitely knows when exactly he failed to rise up and save the nation. The rest is history.
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      • You’ve failed Kenya, Raila tells President

        Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of being a “willing participant” in a scheme to destroy the Judiciary.

        In a strongly worded press statement Saturday, Mr Odinga said the President and his government had failed to steer the country to prosperity and was now bent on silencing alternative voices including the media, non-governmental organisations and now the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

        In reaction to President Kenyatta’s suspension on Friday of six JSC members and appointment of a tribunal to investigate their conduct, Mr Odinga said the Jubilee government had failed “at every point” to resolve the problems at the Judiciary.

        “The appointment of the tribunal must be viewed in the wider scheme of what is going on in the country at the moment. The National Assembly has already enacted the Kenya Information and Communication Bill, which contains severe limitations on the freedom of the media in Kenya. Currently, the National Assembly is debating amendments to the Public Benefits Organisations Bill, the passage of which will severely limit funding for civil society organisations in the country, and bring an end to the culture of civic vigilance which is an important source of the freedoms that we enjoy in this country,” said Mr Odinga, who is the leader of the opposition Cord.

        The former prime minister said the Jubilee leaders had failed to contain insecurity in the country, allowing bandits a free rein in northern Kenya “while the promise to institute inquiry into Westgate attack remains just that; a promise”.

        “Viewed together, these three developments lead to the conclusion that the Jubilee government is determined to bring an end to all autonomous institutions in the country. A pattern of a return to repression is taking shape. What is being attempted currently is to establish a country of presidential and legislative tyranny, and where no other institution in and out of the government will be allowed a voice. The people of Kenya must wake up to the fact that the new Constitution which they enacted and which they cherish, is now under threat because of the actions of this government,” Mr Odinga said.

        Mr Odinga released the statement to newsrooms as the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) accused President Kenyatta and the Executive of opening many unwarranted battlefronts “to divert attention from the ICC cases against the Jubilee principals”.

        LSK chairman Eric Mutua, who spoke on the sidelines of an induction course for newly admitted advocates at Panari Hotel, predicted that the suspended JSC members would move to court to stop the tribunal chaired by Justice (rtd) Aaron Ringera from taking off. The Media Bill, once it is assented to by the President, would also be challenged in court, added Mr Mutua.

        According to Mr Mutua, the Ringera tribunal is unconstitutional and its appointment would paralyse the operations of the Judiciary.

        “Look at the way these issues are being done systematically. It is a question of not wanting the ICC issue on the table at all. The headlines should not be ICC every time. Bring controversy; come with issues which you can see are clearly against the Constitution, but are being driven with an agenda so that we wake up tomorrow and the headlines we have is Judiciary fighting Parliament, the Media Bill etc. That is really a question of diversion of attention,” said Mr Mutua.

        In his statement, Mr Odinga said President Kenyatta’s alleged failure in leadership was manifested when the National Assembly adopted the report of the Legal Affairs Committee calling for a tribunal for the removal of the six JSC members.

        “Better counsel would have led to the search for a more amicable way of dealing with this matter at that point. The President had a choice to accept the recommendation of the National Assembly for the appointment of a tribunal or to reject the recommendation. He could have used the opportunity presented to him to bring about dialogue among the concerned branches with a view to averting the crisis.

        “However, he has failed to do so and has chosen to appoint a tribunal whose effect would be to dismember the Judiciary and to leave it as an appendage of the Presidency and the Legislature. Again, the failures by the President have been failures in judgement and in leadership. It is now clear that the President is a willing participant in the scheme to destroy the Judiciary,” Mr Odinga added.

        President Kenyatta had on Friday evening suspended six members of the JSC despite a court order against it being in place.

        Those suspended were LSK representatives Mr Ahmednassir Abdullahi and Ms Florence Mwangangi, Rev Samuel Kobia, Justice Mohammed Warsame, Prof Christine Mango and Chief Magistrate Emily Ominde.

        The President appointed a four-member tribunal headed by Justice (rtd) Ringera to investigate the conduct and suitability of the six. Other members of the tribunal are Mr Ambrose Weda, Ms Jeniffer Shamalla and Mr Mutua Kilaka.

        In suspending the six and appointing the tribunal, President Kenyatta said he had “no choice but to follow the dictates of the law. Failure to do so will set a bad precedent for the country”.

        “The allegations of financial interference and obstruction of justice are serious in nature and, therefore, require investigations by an independent and impartial tribunal. The commissioners concerned must rightly also have the opportunity to clear their names if possible, over allegations now in the public domain, so that the commission can continue with no aspersions on its character and regain the full confidence of Kenyans,” the President said in a statement.

        But Mr Mutua, who was flanked by the president of the East African Law Society, Mr James Mwamu, LSK vice chairperson Lillian Omondi and council member Faith Waigwa, said the President erred in law in appointing the tribunal and, thereby, paralysing operations of the Judiciary.

        According to Mr Mutua, the suspension will create a prolonged stalemate that would hinder the JSC from hiring judicial staff, or at least even meeting.

        “We expect, by January as the Chief Justice had mentioned sometimes back, that there is going to be appointment of 40 judges to deal with the backlog in the Judiciary in terms of hearing cases. I don’t think that come January the JSC will be in a capacity to even meet. Even if they get a temporary order I don’t think they will have the legitimacy to proceed with their mandate. They would need to resolve those issues and unless the Executive steps in again and tries to bring these two arms of government (Judiciary and Parliament) together then this stalemate will continue. It will continue hurting the profession,” said Mr Mutua.

        The integrity and impartiality of the members of the tribunal has also come under sharp focus.

        Justice (rtd) Ringera, for instance, had applied to be a judge of the Supreme Court in 2011. However, he was not shortlisted and publicly attacked the JSC for snubbing him. He even threatened to sue the commission, whose members he is now supposed to investigate. Mr Abdullahi then responded to his attacks on the JSC, saying Mr Ringera had no entitlement to the the position.

        “Having had this kind of confrontation between one of the JSC commissioners and now the appointed chair, we don’t expect justice from that tribunal. Secondly, another member, Jeniffer Shamalla, has come on national television to say that the JSC does not know what it does. She has come out even to attack the honourable CJ,” said Mr Mutua.

        Mr Ringera had also served in the appeals chamber of TNA that was handling the disputes from the party nominations while Ms Shamalla has been on the offensive against the ICC, even unsuccessfully filing a case in court to stop President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto from going to The Hague.

        PERSONAL OPINION

        Mr Weda, a city lawyer, had contested the last elections on a TNA ticket in Seme Constituency without success while Mr Kilaka was the Financial Secretary in the Treasury when President Kenyatta was the Finance minister.

        Last evening, State House dismissed the LSK statement as “personal opinion.” In any case, State House said, President Kenyatta was reacting to a petition from the National Assembly.

        “The President has not just woken up to form the tribunal. There is a history to it,” said Mr Munyori Buku, the Director of Media and External Relations at State House.

        “No one prevents (LSK chairman) Mr Mutua from giving his personal opinions. There is more to law than big ears. The President has the constitutional prerogative to set up the tribunal to investigate an issue, especially when issues of integrity concerning public office holders are raised. Mutua has been asking the President and the Deputy President to clear their names so he should also allow JSC members to clear their names,” said Mr Buku.

        He also defended the composition of the tribunal saying the personal history of the members does not take away their skills to deliver.

        “Justice (Rtd) Ringera is an old hand in matters of law. We should look at the work of the tribunal not the membership. Those people have the skills,” he added.

        http://www.nation.co.ke/news/politics/Youve-failed-Kenya-Raila-tells-President/-/1064/2094186/-/91hx8vz/-/index.html

      • Actions of Uhuru government point to return of repression

        By Raila Odinga

        “What began as a disciplinary hearing against an employee of the Judiciary has now matured into a major inter-branch conflict within the government, engulfing the Judiciary, the Presidency and the Legislature, and culminating in the appointment yesterday of a tribunal to look into the suitability of six members of the Judicial Service Commission to continue in office.

        The situation has reached here because of a failure of leadership at every point. There was a failure of leadership when the Speaker of the National Assembly allowed the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee to assume jurisdiction over the dispute between the Judicial Service Commission and the former Chief Registrar of the Judiciary despite the fact that this was an internal issue of the Judiciary and, secondly, notwithstanding the fact that the matter was still under deliberation within the JSC.

        There was also a failure of leadership when the National Assembly adopted the report of the Legal Affairs Committee calling for a tribunal for the removal of the six members. Better counsel would have led to the search for a more amicable way of dealing with this matter at that point.

        The President had a choice to accept the recommendation of the National Assembly for the appointment of a tribunal or to reject the recommendation. He could have used the opportunity presented to him to bring about dialogue among the concerned branches with a view to averting the crisis that we are now experiencing.

        However, he has failed to do so and has chosen to appoint a tribunal whose effect would be to dismember the Judiciary and to leave it as an appendage of the Presidency and the Legislature. Again, the failures by the President have been failures in judgement, and in leadership. It is now clear that the President is a willing participant in the scheme to destroy the Judiciary.

        The appointment of the tribunal must be viewed in the wider scheme of what is going on in the country at the moment. The National Assembly has already enacted the Kenya Information and Communication Bill, which contains severe limitations on the freedom of the media in Kenya.

        Currently, the National Assembly is debating amendments to the Public Benefits Organisations Bill, the passage of which will severely limit funding for civil society organisations, and bring an end to the culture of civic vigilance which is an important source of the freedoms that we enjoy.

        Insecurity reigns in the country with the bandits holding free reign in northern Kenya while the promise to institute inquiry into Westgate attack remains just that; a promise.

        Viewed together, these three developments lead to the conclusion that the Jubilee Government is determined to bring an end to all autonomous institutions in the country. A pattern of a return to repression is taking shape.

        What is being attempted currently is to establish a country of presidential and legislative tyranny, and where no other institution in and out of the government will be allowed a voice. The people of Kenya must wake up to the fact that the new Constitution which they enacted and which they cherish, is now under threat because of the actions of this government.

        The choice of members of the tribunal to look into the suitability of the six members of the JSC merits comment. All four have close ties with the ruling party. The inescapable conclusion is that their selection is motivated by a desire to reach a pre-determined outcome.

        The proposed tribunal is, therefore, an act of deception, clothed in the formalities of a constitutional process. CORD rejects both the individuals selected and the idea of the tribunal, and calls upon the President to revoke the appointments.

        As the country knows, CORD has taken blows in the hands of the Judiciary, whose decision in the presidential election petition we did not agree with but which we still accepted. We did so because we believe in the rule of law, which is now under attack through the actions of the President and the National Assembly.

        Our belief in the rule of law brings us to the defence of the Judiciary, even though we do not admire its record. We call upon the Judiciary to remain steadfast in the face of this blatant bullying by the Presidency and the Legislature.

        It is not too late to find an amicable resolution to this matter. CORD also calls upon the President to lead in the search for such a resolution of the crisis that he and the National Assembly have created.”

        http://www.nation.co.ke/news/politics/Actions-of-Uhuru-government-point-to-return-of-repression-/-/1064/2094204/-/t04lf3/-/index.html

  2. FOUR businessman and a company have now accused embattled lawyer Ahmednassir Abdullahi of grabbing their land using a fake land title and a forged land survey.

    In a letter received on November 5, 2012 by the National Lands Commission chairman Dr Muhammed Swazuri, they complain that a large parcel of land across the railway from General Motors was subdivided into 25 plots by government and allocated to various purchasers in 2002.

    David Kipkemboi, Singuo Holdings Limited, David Kamunya, Timothy Ondieki and Nancy Njagi say that they, among others, were allocated in the land by then Commissioner Of Lands Sammy Mwaita and titles were finally issued on March 16, 2007 for the 25 parcels.

    But, two months later, another title was apparently issued for the whole 19 acre block of land to Microtech Accessories on May 23, 2007.

    “Microtech’s Directors are proxies of lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi who actually financed the fraudulent theft and deprivation of our lands,” the complainants say in their letter to the Lands Commission. The deed plan for Microtech’s title was ‘signed’ by licenced surveyor B.A. Rabuku of Arch Surveys on February 14, 2007.

    However on July 19, 2010, Bibiana Achieng Rabuku told the CID in a police statement the deed plan “never originated from my office” and “I have never dealt with a client called Microtech Accessories.”

    On April 1, 2013, former Commissioner of Lands Sammy Mwaita swore an affidavit supporting the complainants and confirming that he signed their land grants in 2002.

    On September 23, 2013, senior Land Registration Officer Edwin Wafula swore an affidavit confirming that the complainants “have genuine titles.”

    Using the above evidence, the complainants told the NLC that Microtech “obtained a fake grant/title a fake land survey plan.” The situation has now however become complicated by the subsequent sub-division into three parts after it was allocated to Microtech.

    “The aforementioned purported legal process were solely undertaken by Ahmednasir or employees of his law firm. Besides, addresses of most of the smokescreens are his office’s address,” the petitioners say.

    “Ahmednasir created a smokescreen by transferring the three sub-plots to Mumtaz Trading, Bangal Trading, and Mokowe Traders all which he owns,” say the petitioners in their letter to the NLC. Bangal then obtained a Sh340 million loan from Diamond Trust Bank using the plot a security.

    Mumtaz subsequently constructed on its four acre plot 184 apartments known as ‘Imara Gardens’ that are being sold at Sh10 million each.

    On November 16, 2012, the petitioners filed a case against the Commissioner of Lands claiming compensation of Sh300 million for dispossession of land.

    However in June 2013 the Attorney General enjoined Microtech Accessories to the suit and then added Bangal Trading Company, Mumtaz Trading Company Limited and Mukowe Traders in October.

    In August 2013, the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission halted a transaction where Bangal was selling its 10 acre plot to the National Housing Corporation for Sh800 million. The EACC said it was investigating “alleged irregularities”.

    However a letter from Ahmednasir on behalf of Bangal said Microtech originally owned the land before selling it. “Bangal has never been involved in any kind of litigation whatsoever,” wrote Ahmednasir.

    Another confusing factor is that Gordon Ochieng, a Chief Lands Administration Officer at Ardhi House, swore an affidavit on February 8, 2013 in support of Microtech. He questioned whether Sammy Mwaita signed the grants and whether their land titles were genuine. The case is due to be heard in the High Court in January.
    – See more at: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-143043/ahmednasir-accused-grabbing-imara-land#sthash.YdXujst4.dpuf

  3. The “Grandmullah” is accused of the following.

    • That the JSC commissioner does not have a valid practicing certificate
    • That he sexually harassed two women and he solicits for sex from sex workers
    • That he head-hunted, coached and pushed for the appointment of Chief Justice Dr Willy Mutunga
    • That he had a hand in the sacking of former National Bank of Kenya company secretary and legal officer

    http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000096181&story_title=witness-claims-ahmednassir-abdullahi-head-hunted-and-coached-dr-willy-mutunga&pageNo=1

  4. Look who is amongst them!

    Judiciary Registrar Gladys Shollei accuses three JSC members of impropriety

    The Judiciary Registrar Gladys Shollei has accused three Judicial Service Commission (JSC) members of impropriety.

    Mrs Shollei told the National Assembly Legal Affairs committee that Ahmednasir Abdullahi, Mohamed Warsame and Emily Ominde had abused their offices.

    She said Justice Warsame had sought favours from her office including asking for jobs for his clansmen.

    The suspended chief registrar told the MPs that she was clean.

    “I am clear, respectful. I know what my job description is and I work very hard at it,” she said.

    MONOPOLY

    On Tuesday, the National Assembly Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs summoned Mrs Shollei, who was sent on compulsory leave on Monday, to appear Wednesday afternoon at 2.30pm “to give us her side of the story”.

    Chairman Samuel Chepkonga (Ainamoi) said the committee would investigate the process followed by the Commission to determine whether it followed the law in suspending Mrs Shollei.

    “The Committee has powers to remove members of the JSC. If we find they did not follow procedure, we will write to the National Assembly to pass a motion and instruct the President to form a tribunal,” he said.

    “Judiciary reforms are not a monopoly of a few persons and we need to guard it jealously. We will let them know that non-attendance would have legal implications.”

    http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Shollei+accuses+three+JSC+members+of+impropriety+/-/1056/1962608/-/y9v0je/-/index.html

    Gladys Shollei tells MPs she is victim of vendetta

    Embattled Judiciary Chief Registrar Gladys Shollei on Wednesday claimed that personal differences with three members of the Judicial Service Commission led to her being investigated for alleged improprieties.

    Mrs Shollei’s decision to appear before the House committee on Legal Affairs and Administration of Justice came as it appeared that the summonses issued by the committee chairman, Ainabkoi MP Samuel Chepkong’a, were opening up a rift between the Legislature and the Judiciary.

    The committee has also ordered Chief Justice Willy Mutunga to appear before it this morning to explain the decision to suspend the Chief Registrar.

    However, the Nation on Wednesday night established that some members of the JSC had resolved not to honour the summons, citing separation of powers and political interference in the Judiciary.

    Opening the session on Wednesday, Mr Chepkong’a responded to indications that the JSC would snub his summons: “This committee is playing an oversight role over several State organs including the Judicial Service Commission. In fact, we have the same powers as the High Court of Kenya. This committee handled the Judiciary budget. This is the committee that vetted the Chief Justice. He must appear (before us).”

    Mr Chepkong’a reported to the committee that the JSC had written to notify them that they will not be able to honour today’s summons as they needed time to discuss it.

    On Wednesday, Mrs Shollei named city lawyer Ahmednassir Abdullahi, Mr Justice Mohammed Warsame and chief magistrate Emily Ominde as the Judicial Service Commission members hounding her.

    Responding to queries from Homa Bay MP Opondo Kaluma, Mrs Shollei accused Mr Ahmednassir of frustrating her efforts to secure a building to house the Court of Appeal in Mombasa.

    “I have had difficult relations with Mr Ahmednassir for the past several months now. He openly told me to forget about getting the building, instead telling me ‘Nitaleta ingine (I will bring another one)’,” she said without giving further details.

    She said her frosty relations with Mr Justice Warsame arose from the fact that she refused to give in to his demands to employ “his people”.

    “Justice Warsame has constantly been taunting me about hiring his people. He kept on telling me that ‘hatujakula matunda ya uhuru yako (we have not seen the fruits of your tenure)’”, Mrs Shollei said.

    As for Ms Ominde, the Chief Registrar on forced leave said: “She fought me from Day One. I have written several letters to the Chief Justice with regard to my role as Chief Registrar. She has at many times attempted to instruct me to do certain duties, which I think is not right.”

    PUBLICLY HUMILIATED

    Mrs Shollei said her move to go public on the matter had been prompted by the manner in which she had been publicly humiliated by the JSC, adding that she was on a mission to clear her reputation.

    Asked to clarify claims that she had exhibited authoritarian tendencies while undertaking her duties, she curtly replied: “Yes, and I have no apologies to make. I am a no-nonsense individual who does not entertain laziness even to my own children. I am very clear in what I want. I work very hard, I am respectful, but above all, I don’t take nonsense.”

    Mrs Shollei also claimed that the decision to send her home was irregular and accused the commission of not following the correct procedures as laid down in the Judicial Service Commission Act.

    “Up to now I do not know. I have not been briefed of the reasons that led to my removal.”

    Mrs Shollei, who strongly defended herself against claims of impropriety in procurement, said she was never involved in procurement or tendering.

    “I am not involved in tenders. If there were irregularities, they should direct them to the tender committee. The law states that the committee should be chaired by a senior judicial officer after the CR who is my deputy Kakai Kissinger,” she said.

    She stated that she did not handle the multi-billion-shilling renovation tender at the Milimani Law Courts, and that she only stepped in after some complaints were raised on the quality of the renovation.

    She insisted that all projects she presided over, including recruitment of new staff, were approved by the JSC.

    Mrs Shollei also spoke on leasing of The Elgon Place to house the Court of Appeal and Rahimtulla Towers to house court administrators.

    Renting The Elgon Place will cost the Judiciary Sh500 million with an additional Sh200 million to renovate it. She said the process of leasing the two properties was complete but the leases were temporary pending further allocation of resources to build offices to accommodate the officers.

    “We have to move from the Supreme Court building because experts have warned that it should be evacuated and renovated,” she said.

    The MPs questioned whether the correct procedures was followed in disciplining Mrs Shollei with the discussion dwelling on technical issues including whether it is acceptable for JSC to conduct official business at the weekend.

    But Kisumu Town West MP Olago Aluoch raised concerns over Mrs Shollei’s dramatic reaction after the JSC announced her suspension and wondered whether it may have amounted to insubordination.

    On Thursday the two JSC committees investigating Mrs Shollei’s conduct are expected to hold their first joint meetings to engage the matters raised.

    http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Three+JSC+members+want+me+out+Shollei/-/1056/1962922/-/mru01xz/-/index.html

    • Ahmednasir is now in a pissing contest with William Pike, the editor of Star newspaper and he is making some very childish claims. Ati Mr. Pike collected Mungiki members to give evidence against Uhuru. I thought that was supposed to be Hassan Omar. There has to be better ways to help Uhuru with his ICC nightmare. No?

      http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-133876/ahmednasir-repeats-lies-over-star

      I have always said Ahmednasir is essentially a conman who sometimes thinks he is some kind of big shot human rights lawyer. I don’t remember a single human rights case Ahmednasir has handled. He should call himself a real estate ripp off artist.

      But Ahmednasir did one good thing. he smoked out those phony judges lined up to take over the Supreme Court and he was one reason the JSC refused to give Kibaki multiple choices and basically gave him Mutunga for CJ. The Supreme Court may have serious issues but if any of those crooks like Visram that Kibaki wanted got in there it would have killed any hopes for judicial reforms like they have done in the police force

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    Lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi. FILE

    They have a proverb in one of the West African countries that goes something like this: ‘whenever you see a toad jumping in broad daylight, then you know something is after its life.’ Translated, this proverb means, when you see people acting out of the ordinary, then you know that something is wrong.

    I always thought that Ahmednasir has been acting out of the ordinary for sometime now and that something was not right with him anymore. Now, read this story below. I hope to find time soon to issue rejoinders to some of his latest very shallow articles directed at the ‘imagined enemies’ of his masters.

    Ahmednasir linked to maize supply saga

    A member of the Judicial Service Commission has been dragged into the controversy over the failure by the cereals board to honour a contract with a maize supplier in 2004.

    Mr Ahmednasir Abdullahi was accused of using his position as a member of JSC to influence court proceedings in favour of Erad Supplies, a company that entered into a contract with the National Cereals and Produce Board to supply maize.

    A key witness to the saga, Mr Brian Yongo, told the parliamentary Public Investments Committee that Mr Abdullahi had informed him of his influence at the commission tasked with recommending judges for appointment by the president.

    The committee is investigating the circumstances that led to the breach of contract and subsequent court ruling that NCPB pays over Sh500 million to Erad.

    Mr Yongo also tabled an affidavit in which he claimed Mr Ahmednasir had “told me he has full control over the Judicial Service Commission and the judges recently appointed by the Commission.”

    The affidavit was filed at Chief Registrar of the Judiciary on May 7, last year.

    Mr Yongo, who asked for police protection saying his life was in danger, also told the PIC on Monday that he introduced Mr Abdullahi to Mr Jacob Juma, the Erad managing director.

    However, Mr Juma denied knowing the JSC member through Mr Yongo when he appeared before the committee. He said he only acquired Mr Abdullahi’s legal services after realising he “was well conversant with matters on arbitration” through his legal writings.

    “I asked Mr Ahmednasir to be part of my legal team because I realised he could help me in the case with NCPB,” he said.

    PIC has called several people mentioned in the saga to testify and on Wednesday asked Cabinet Secretaries for Devolution, Agriculture and National Treasury to appear before it.

    http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Ahmednasir-linked–to-maize-supply-saga-/-/1056/1905154/-/bcs8k5/-/index.html

  6. Lawyers plot to kick Abdullahi out of the JSC

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    Judiciary Service Commission commissioner Ahmednassir Abdullahi during the vetting of applicants for the position of judges of the supreme court by the commission at the anniversary towers June 10 2011. Photo/PHOEBE OKALL NATION MEDIA GROUP

    Judges and lawyers are planning to kick out city lawyer Ahmednassir Abdullahi from the Judicial Service Commission.

    The commission’s vice-chairperson Christine Mango and Mr Justice Isaac Lenaola who has been representing High Court judges in the commission are also expected to be replaced after serving for three years.

    Former Appellate Judge Riaga Omolo, who left the commission after his removal from the Judiciary last year, has already been replaced by Justice Mohammed Warsame following elections last month.

    On Monday the Law Society of Kenya wrote to JSC secretary Gladys Shollei to inquire about the expiry of one of its member’s term in order to prepare a replacement. The society is represented by Mr Abdullahi and Ms Florence Mwangangi.

    On Monday Mr Abdullahi vowed to fight to retain his post and warned those planning his removal to be ready for defeat. “If I decide to contest, which is most likely, I will sweep them like a tsunami”.

    Former LSK chairman Tom Ojienda is being fronted as the possible replacement for Mr Abdullahi.

    http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/Lawyers-plot-to-kick-Abdullahi-out-of-the-JSC/-/1064/1893454/-/12j7hq9z/-/index.html

    • Good riddance, but I am not through with you yet.

      Ahmednasir Abdullahi to leave JSC post

      Lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi has opted to leave the Judicial Service Commission at the end of the year.

      The Law of Society (LSK) announced Friday that Mr Abdullahi will leave the JSC at the end of his three-year term in December.

      LSK chairman Eric Mutua said the body has two representatives in the JSC who serve for three and five year terms. The other representative is Florence Mwangangi.

      “I spoke to both Ahmednasir Abdullahi and Florence Mwangangi our two representatives where Mr Ahmednasir Abdullahi volunteered and elected to be the one whose ends in 3 years. That is by the end of this year,” said Mr Mutua in a statement.

      “Further, Mr Ahmednasir, who though eligible to run for a further 3 year term, has opted not to contest the position.

      Mr Mutua also dismissed claims that LSK was plotting to replace Mr Abdullahi as its representative in the JSC.

      http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Ahmednasir-Abdullahi-opts-out-of-JSC/-/1056/1897496/-/exmgxt/-/index.html

  7. Ahmednasir has the guts and brains, but not the humility for open debate

    Senior Counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi is one fine lawyer and he knows it. He is brilliant and, in some likeable way, overbearingly loud about it. This, for me, indicates that he is confident about who he is and what he knows.

    But in the last month, he’s pronounced himself on issues, citing the benefits that come with his achievements and dismissing in ways that are anything but humble everyone who presumably does not match these achievements.

    It is the humility part that is cause for concern. It is one thing to be a brilliant and confident lawyer, but brilliance calls for a sense of proportion in its articulation. When brilliance is unmanaged and cast as self-adulation, it becomes something approximating narcissism.

    I first heard of Mr Abdullahi in 1994 when he was elected the Dean of Faculty of Law, University of Nairobi. Reports suggest that he was 28 years old then. Shortly afterwards, the university nullified his election arguing that regulations prevent a lecturer from becoming dean without previously heading a department. No explanation was given on how he was cleared to run in the first place.

    Soon after this, Prof David P. S. Wasawo, then Chairman of the UoN Council, gave an address at Kenyatta University in which he wondered how younger faculty seek senior university positions instead of focusing on research and learning how to write and publish.

    He seemed very dismissive of early academic achievement, implying that senior administrative roles in the university are contingent upon attaining a certain age.

    As a young academic, I questioned the assumption that one cannot perform certain functions in the university simply because of age. I recalled the example of eminent historian Tiyambe Zeleza, a former lecturer in the Department of History at Kenyatta University.

    Despite an excellent record of research and solid publications, including his definitive economic history of Africa for which he won the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa, he was never given that well-deserved promotion on time while at Kenyatta University.

    Soon after he left, he was promoted to Professor and competitively appointed Director, Centre for African Studies University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US. Kenyatta University never appreciated the brilliance of Prof Zeleza — or that of many young academics who are now trooping out in search of better academic environments.

    This background explains my admiration for Mr Abdullahi.

    But Mr Abdullahi’s lack of a sense of proportion renders him incapable of heeding the advice he gave the nascent Supreme Court to exercise restraint. He has recently taken to attacking civil society with reckless abandon. He has demeaned many civil society luminaries as “jua kali analysts with small degrees who have not practised law” nor published in refereed journals.

    Mr. Abdullahi’s recent attacks on civil society are misplaced. These colleagues do not seek, like him, to practice law or publish. Their forte is intellectual labour and advocacy and they should be judged by how well they perform in their realm. In any case, if the precondition for criticising the Court is exemplary publications or practice of law, then over 95 per cent of Kenyans would have no say at all.

    Civil society has within its ranks excellent academic and public intellectuals such as Yash Pal Ghai, Jill Cotrell, and Karuti Kanyinga, whose exalted records of publishing are obvious.

    As a member of the Judicial Service Commission who grilled applicants for the CJ position on academic achievement, Mr Abdullahi is dishonest to describe the election ruling as ‘an earth-shaking precedence which will be quoted in many days to come.’

    He cannot have failed to see its uninspiring intellectual shallowness. I am still struggling to find any disinterested party approvingly quoting it.

    Now that the ruling has been rendered, we deserve vigorous public discussion on it. Such exercise in introspection will strengthen the court.

    gmurunga@gmail.com

    http://www.nation.co.ke/oped/Opinion/Ahmednasir-has-the-guts-and-brains-but-not-the-humility/-/440808/1855752/-/10nqxmgz/-/index.html

  8. I will come back on this soon.

    Make commissioners’ job part-time to cut on wage bill

    Salaries, salaries and more salaries. This has become the crying mantra for governors, teachers, Members of Parliament and almost the entire public service in the country.

    Our recurrent wage bill is just too high to sustain and we are sacrificing our development agenda by paying unrealistic salaries and allowances.

    One of the biggest headaches President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration faces in the short term is the unrealistic demands by undeserving sectors in the public service.

    This debate has engulfed the Salaries and Remuneration Commission with some MPs planning to sanction the commission. The commission cannot be disbanded.

    It must, however, be made a part-time commission. Ms Sarah Serem should be sanctioned in Parliament or fired. Serem and her commissioners should be forced to look for a productive full-time job.

    There is a very urgent need to address the salaries question, and the starting point is the Salaries and Remuneration Commission. This commission is one of the over a dozen and a half constitutional commissions set up by the Constitution. These commissions have about 150 commissioners, each with either one or two cars.

    Each of these commissioners takes home about Sh750,000 per month. Then there are all the other benefits. At the end of the day, these commissioners take billions from the national Treasury.

    These commissions are run by technocrats on a daily basis and commissioners usually do the oversight and policy issues.

    The exception to this national gravy train is the Judicial Service Commission in which I sit as an elected representative of the Law Society of Kenya. The commission, at its inauguration, unlike all the other commissions, consciously decided on a number of technical and governance issues.

    First, it decided, as provided for by the Constitution, to accept the status of a part-time commission. All other commissions have decided to be full time. It is here that the rain started beating us.

    Why shouldn’t all these commissions be part-time bodies? Why can’t the Salaries and Remuneration Commission be a part-time commission?
    Look at the current absurdity of this commission. It has set the salaries of all employees; the next review will come years later.

    How do you justify permanent commissioners? What does the average day of a commissioner in this commission entail? The same argument applies to the Commission on the Implementation of the Constitution, the Commission on Revenue Allocation and the others.

    Imagine the absurdity of the boards of directors of banks like the Kenya Commercial Bank and National Bank being paid monthly salaries and allocated Land Cruisers.

    Second, the JSC, because it is a part-time commission, decided that none of its members will be entitled to a car, house allowance, transport allowance or the many allowances allocated to members of other commissions. In the process, about 12 Land Cruisers were saved.

    The third point that needs urgent national discussion is the tendency of staffing these constitutional commissions with retirees who already earn a monthly pension from the state.

    I know there is a place for experience in these commissions, but I don’t think commissions should be staffed with Kenyans whose ideas were honed in the Kanu era. Being luminaries of a kleptocracy, there are no new fresh or good ideas to get from these people.

    As we debate the national wage bill, we must not forget certain public sectors that need good salaries. These are members of the judiciary, doctors and the police force. Law and order sectors are the watchmen of the country.

    Countries that show a strong adherence to the rule of law have a strong and robust law and order sector.

    They pay good salaries and allocate adequate resources to these sectors. Ms Serem and her team may not even understand this basic principle. That is why they ignored the judiciary, the police and our doctors.

    Ahmednasir Abdullahi is the publisher, Nairobi Law Monthly ahmednasir@nairobilawmonthly.com

    http://www.nation.co.ke/oped/Opinion/Make-commissioners-job-part-time-to-cut-on-wage-bill/-/440808/1753864/-/x094do/-/index.html

    • isnt this the same guy who has invoiced IEBC Kes. 50m for the 2 week represenation which is tagged as over twice the amount any other lawyer has billed the IEBC

      is this guy qualified to really talk about wage guidelines

  9. Good things will be only be achieved,through prayers,repentance,unity, stop corruption,love when hand of GOD AND MERCIES WILL BE IN THIS COUNTRY.If the elected leaders in office fears GOD, then his favour will come before them.Otherwisw no man can course change without involvement of GOD.CHECK IN THE HOLY BOOK WHERE SUCCESSFUL LEADERS, THEY RESPECTED GOD FIRST.

  10. Reading the columns of Ahmednasir of late, one gets the feeling that he has been recruited into the payroll of the status quoists of the Jubilee Alliance (the government) to parrot praises in their direction even when there is completely nothing to praise. At the same time he will not hesitate to use that very same opportunity to bad mouth the reform oriented CORD Alliance (the opposition) and the civil society even when there is completely nothing to bad mouth.

    If you want to get a brief synopsis about the character Ahmednasir, just picture this. Shortly just before the last general elections, Ahmednasir in his column told the whole world how unprepared the IEBC was to conduct a free and fair elections. In that write up, he pinpointed the exact areas of weakness in the IEBC system and as it turned out after the election these were the exact areas in which the IEBC failed to deliver a free and fair elections to the nation leading to the results being disputed and the dispute landing at the Supreme Court. Without feeling ashamed, Ahmednasir appeared on behalf of the respondent IEBC and defended the very same areas of weakness in the IEBC system that he himself had previously scathingly critisised! That is the turn-coat Ahmednasir for you.

    Prior to his new found love for status quoists, Ahmednasir never lost a chance in his column to attack the Kibaki administration on all fronts ranging from human rights abuse through to corruption and nepotism. At that time, he always gave the impression of a real reformer. One only needs to remember the ruthlessness with which Ahmednasir interviewed the Supreme Court judges. His performance was so stellar that status quoists started accusing him of getting personal during the interviews. So what happened to this Ahmednasir who seemed to wear a reformist garb and when?

    Something drastic happened to change Ahmednasir very close to the election period. This is the time his column started slowly to be pro status quoists (Jubilee Alliance) and anti-reformists (CORD Alliance) and the civil society. It therefore came as no surprise that Ahmednasir was amongst the battery of lawyers defending the Jubilee Alliance and the compromised IEBC at the Supreme Court. Did somebody decide to sell his own conscience for a handful of dinars?

    To understand where I am coming from, please be my guest as we explore this latest article by Ahmednasir. It is all praise for the government (Jubilee Alliance) and gloom for the opposition (CORD Alliance) and the civil society.

    Government (Jubilee Alliance)

    Ahmednasir writes

    “The administration has a lot going for it.”

    That sentence, in other words, means that the administration has a lot of positive characteristics. I’m just wondering how Ahmednasir arrived at that conclusion when the only two positions that have been filled yet are that of the president and his deputy. We do not know what the Cabinet will look like. Why is he trying so hard to put the cart before the horse? The Cabinet might just turn out to be a complete disaster. This is praise number 1 when there is nothing to praise.

    Ahmednasir writes

    “It is headed by two young leaders who are hungry to achieve great things and take their people to great heights.”

    In the above quote, Ahmednasir gives some more positive characteristics of the administration viz, young, hungry, great things and great heights. Who said that being young and hungry is a virtue of good leadership that heralds the achievement of great things that will take citizens to great heights? Do I need to point out to Ahmednasir the many young leaders in Africa who assumed the presidencies of their respective countries at tender ages around thirties but who not only led to the impoverishment of their countries but also turned out to be the worst dictators this continent has ever witnessed? Instead of being taken to great heights, the people of such countries became the doormats of the dictators! Why is Ahmednasir in a rush to exalt two people whose behaviour once in power no one except God can foretell? This is praise number 2 when there is nothing to praise.

    Ahmednasir writes

    “When a country makes a transition like the one we are going through and is led by charismatic and dynamic leaders, mistakes will be made.”

    Ahmednasir continues with more positive characteristics of the administration. The administration is headed by two charismatic and dynamic leaders. Since when did the duo become charismatic and dynamic? These two amigos have been with us and have held leadership/influential positions in government since the 1990s and never have they been referred to as charismatic and dynamic. The reason is simple. They have never exhibited these characteristics in deed! Have they now become charismatic and dynamic by virtue of being elected president and deputy president? Why is someone going to great lengths assigning two individuals non existent characteristics? Is this sycophancy taken to the next level? And now picture this. Just because the two are charismatic and dynamic, Ahmednasir allows them to make mistakes and everything will still be alright! Right there, you have praise number 3 when there is nothing to praise.
    And now the bad mouthing starts.

    Ahmednasir writes

    “Kenya, at present, is in a unique situation for the traditional watchdogs are either not credible or are mortally wounded.”

    Remember that the traditional watchdogs are the opposition in parliament and the civil society (NGOs). The NGOs are not credible and the opposition is mortally wounded. How Ahmednasir arrives at these conclusions no one knows but his line of thinking aimed at bad mouthing the opposition and the civil society becomes clearer as we will soon see.

    CORD:

    Ahmednasir writes

    “Cord is too weak to provide an effective opposition. First, it simply doesn’t have the numbers in the House.”

    According to Ahmednasir, an effective opposition must have the numbers in the House. Yes, that word again! The tyranny of numbers! CORD is already a non-starter before it even starts playing its role! In all the elections I have witnessed in Kenya, there was never an opposition with more numbers in parliament than the government. Never! Has that ever stopped those oppositions who have always been in the minority from effectively playing their watchdog roles? I do not think so. Why is CORD then being bad mouthed as too weak and mortally wounded to carry out its work? If Ahmednasir wanted to be honest, he should have asked his charismatic and dynamic duo to stop poaching people from the opposition in order to kill the same. How can the duo welcome a strong and vibrant opposition when they are the same ones killing the opposition and gets cheered on or praised by Ahmednasir? The first bad mouthing of CORD where there is completely nothing to bad mouth.

    Ahmednasir writes

    “Second, Cord’s top leaders are ordinary citizens that hold no public offices and thus are ineffective in Parliament where battles will be won and lost.”

    The second bad mouthing of CORD follows swiftly. CORDs top leaders are ordinary citizens that hold no public offices and thus are ineffective in parliament. Where did Ahmednasir get this one from? Is he privy to CORD’s strategy? And maybe, Ahmednasir will see for the first time that leadership can also be provided from without the parliament. Why is he jumping the gun?

    Ahmednasir writes

    “Third, Cord is led by limping leaders badly injured in the recent bruising elections.”

    The third bad mouthing without a reason is that CORD is led by limping leaders badly injured in the recent bruising elections. If that were really so, I do not think that the president and his deputy would have gone out of their way to seek such a quickly organized audience with the CORD leadership the way they did end of this week! Why should the president and his deputy seek the help of limping leaders?

    Ahmednasir writes

    “Four, members of the opposition parties in Kenya have a propensity to seek state patronage and Cord members may be tempted soon. These debilitating limitations militate against Cord providing a credible opposition.”

    The fourth bad mouthing of CORD is Ahmednasir’s assumption that CORD members of parliament are corruptible to the extent that they will soon be seeking to benefit from state patronage. I would have expected to Ahmednasir to condemn those parties and alliances that lost in the elections but chose to join the government instead of playing their rightful role in the opposition instead of casting aspersions on CORD MPs who have accepted to play their role in the opposition. Ahmednasir should have condemned Jubilee Alliance for killing the opposition by using state patronage.

    NGOs

    Ahmednasir writes

    “NGOs play important roles in providing opposition to governments. In Kenya, such organisations have played vital watchdog roles in the past. The Uhuru Administration can ignore the noises and agitations from NGOs. The current crop of NGOs are too partisan, tribal and unaccountable. There is hardly a single charismatic leader in NGOs whose voice is respected by Kenyans.”

    That is the first bad mouthing of the civil society for nothing at all. The Uhuru administration should ignore the watchdog noises and agitations from the current NGOs simply because, according to Ahmednasir, they are too partisan, tribal and unaccountable. An accusation is thrown out there without any justification. Where are the examples of the past NGOs that were non-partisan, non-tribal and accountable? Not one single example is given by Ahmednasir. A carpet condemnation of all current NGOs without any specifics is fine. You read such shallowness from a lawyer of Ahmednasir’s caliber and you know that you are dealing with a gun for hire.

    While out of the blue, we hear how charismatic and dynamic Uhuru and Ruto are, again out of the blue Ahmednasir tells us that there is hardly a single charismatic leader in NGOs whose voice is respected by Kenyans. Let me tell Ahmednasir this for free. While he may not find John Githongo, Maina Kiai, Gladwell Otieno, Mwalimu Mati, etc. not charismatic, many Kenyans like myself appreciate their role in Kenya. The term charismatic is very relative and subjective.

    Ahmednasir writes

    “Second, NGOs in Kenya are ethnically grouped and inspired for them to be taken seriously.”

    The second bad mouthing of NGOs is thrown around without further substantiation. Only a paid propagandist writes things like this. Which are these NGOs that are ethnically grouped and inspired? Do they have names?

    To be continued soon!

    • …………continued.

      Ahmednasir writes

      “Third, NGOs in Kenya are profit making personal enterprises that give lip-service to the public good.”

      The third bad mouthing of NGOs is the above statement from Ahmednasir that cannot stand any validity test! It is a well known fact based on Kenyan laws that NGOs are non-profit making organizations that are even required by law to not only file their statements of account with the relevant authorities but also indicate their sources of funding for accountability and transparency purposes. In fact all this information is also posted on the websites of all NGOs.

      As a patriotic Kenyan, I would have expected Ahmednasir to report to the relevant authorities all those NGOs in Kenya that are profit making personal enterprises giving lip-services to the public good instead of using his weekly column to attack them without providing even a whiff of evidence. What a cheap shot!

      Ahmednasir writes

      “Four, NGOs are too beholden to Western interests and agenda”

      When Mars Group through Mwalimu Mati scritunises the government budget on behalf of Kenyans, whose Western interest and agenda is he beholden to while carrying out such a tedious work? Which Western nation would be interested in laying threadbare the loopholes in the Kenyan budget making process and for what purpose?

      When Maina Kiai through KHRC and on behalf of Kenyans exposed the extra-judicial killing of the Mungiki by the Kenyan security agencies, whose Western interest and agenda was he beholden to? Ahmednasir wants to tell me that the Western nations were more concerned about the extra-judicial killings in Kenya than Kenyans themselves to the extent that the Western nations paid Maina Kiai for the exposé? Really?

      How about John Gothongo? When he told us that our country was ripped off through the Anglo-Leasing scam by the Kibaki administration, whose Western interest and agenda was he beholden to? You mean, we as Kenyans got raped as a country by the Kibaki regime because we were already too willing and it took the Western nations to pay John Githongo for the exposé because it served their (Western) interest and agenda?

      When AFRICOG through Gladwell Otieno questioned the credibility of the just concluded national elections in our Supreme Court, she was not doing it on behalf of us Kenyans but in the interest of some Western nations? Ahmednasir has decided to conveniently forget the sordid events that followed after the 2007 national elections. Did we not, as a nation, on our knees beg the very Western nations to intervene in our sorry situation because we could not help ourselves? Talk about NGOs are beholden to Western interest and agenda! Who is fooling who?

      The Western Nations

      Ahmednasir writes

      “Western ambassadors in Africa play the opposition in the politics of the host country. The British ambassador’s insistence that spoilt votes be counted in the presidential tally at Bomas is one such example. The Moi government used to tremble when Western ambassadors voiced their concerns on issues. The Kibaki Administration ignored them.
      The same fate will befall them under Uhuru. Almost all the Western embassies in Nairobi were openly rooting for Cord in the last election. Uhuru will pay back and ignore them.”

      After Uhuru and Ruto consistently bad mouthed the Western nations before, during and after last general elections, it comes as a no surprise at all for Ahmednasir, the new found attack hound for the current administration to take cue from his paymasters! For once, in his entire article he has even managed to provide an example but what a weak one. He laments that Western ambassadors in Africa play the opposition in the politics of the host country. Well, I only remember some Western ambassadors helping Kenyans to fight against the single party system. This fight was won with the help of the Western nations and opened doors for our current vibrant multi-party system through which Ahmednasirs favourite party/alliance, the Jubilee Alliance was able to rob Kenyans of a free, fair and transparent election by manipulating IEBC and defending the same at the Supreme Court through such hired guns like Ahmednasir! Without the assistance of the Western nations, people like Ahmednasir would not be enjoying their freedom of speech and expression as manifested in this article where he even abuses that freedom and bad mouths everybody and anything that is contrary to the wishes of his bankrollers.

      But it is his example of how the Western nations play the opposition in Africa that is ridiculous. Ahmednasir says that the insistence of the British ambassador that spoilt votes be counted in the presidential tally at Bomas amounted to playing opposition. Ahmednasir, a lawyer by profession, does not even know what our constitution says about votes cast. The British ambassador was simply stating what our own laws dictate and that is that all votes CAST whether spoilt/rejected go into the final presidential tally! I am aware that the Supreme Court ruled otherwise, but we await its written verdict tomorrow Tuesday to read how they arrived at that verdict. As such, the statement by the British ambassador had nothing to do with the opposition politics but everything to do with the law of our land!

      Yeah, let the Uhuru administration ignore the Western nations the same way the Kibaki regime did and we shall see who the loser in that contest is going to be! I can already tell Ahmednasir that it is the ordinary Kenyans who are going to be the losers in that useless pissing contest between the Uhuru regime and the Western nations.

      The gold-digger, Ahmednasir, just had to throw in another totally unrelated and unsubstantiated claim that the Western embassies in Nairobi were openly rooting for CORD in the last election. Where is the evidence? Since when did a claim become the truth in itself? Somebody is seriously dying for attention and money here. Ahmednasir, please use your business acumen to run your law firm and get rich instead of stooping this low!

      Ahmednasir’s Official Opposition:

      Ahmednasir says

      “So, who will be the official opposition? Three entities will fill the void. These are the courts, the Constitution and ordinary Kenyans. The courts will not provide an ideological opposition or even a consciously organised opposition to the government.
      To the contrary, the court will act only when it thinks the government has acted contrary to the law. An independent, credible judiciary will provide the most potent check to the excesses of the state.
      Implementation of the Constitution is at an infancy stage. In the next few years, that process will gather pace. The implementation of the Constitution and how that process is handled by the courts will greatly impact on the government.
      Lastly, the people of Kenya will demand a lot from their government. The era when the citizenry was taken for granted is long gone. Whereas a majority of Kenyans will support and pray for the Uhuru government, they will monitor and audit it all the way.”

      According to Ahmednasir, the courts, the constitution and ordinary Kenyans will constitute the official opposition.

      He says that the court will act only when it thinks the government has acted contrary to the law and as such will provide the most potent check to the excesses of the state. How can one delude oneself like that?! Courts cannot purely out of their own initiative confront the government should the same act contrary to the law! Courts cannot initiate cases against any one leave alone the government! Ahmednasir should know that it is the very groups like the NGOs that he has bad mouthed in this entire article that will need to push courts into action by initiating a case should the government flout the constitution! Little wonder, this guy cannot make his own money and looks for short cuts by turning into a gun for hire! Ahmednasir, a prominent lawyer, does not even understand a simple and logical thing like a court cannot initiate cases on its own!

      Secondly, he talks about the implementation of the constitution to help check the government. Does this nitwit think that the government is going to happily implement laws that are going to keep it in check? This is like living in Utopia; wishful thinking. It will take the efforts of CORD, the NGOs, the Nyachae led CIC, LSK and yes the Western nations to get the damn thing implemented as it was originally intended as per the draft. From this line of thinking alone, you can discern that now with his favourite government in power Ahmednasir would rather go back to single party system so that he and his cabal in the government can ride roughshod over Kenyans! We say no, no, no! Aint happening, basta!

      And lastly, Ahmednasir wants the citizenry/the people of Kenya themselves to directly monitor and audit the government. What he forgets is that it is the same Kenyans who have bestowed this watchdog responsibility on CORD, NGOs, LSK and other groups so that the common Kenyan can concentrate on the even more challenging duty of putting ugali on the table for his/her family.

      Who is Ahmednasir Abdullahi from this article? A gun for hire on the payroll of, a pathological sycophant of, a shameless establishment apologist of and a cheap political whore of the current administration. He has made the late Kariuki Chotara, the late Shariff Nassir and the late Mulu Mutisya turn in their own graves in shame!

      The end. Waiting for his next article next Saturday and the exposé continues.

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