Lawyer makes good his threat to have four judges sacked

Senior Counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi. [Photo, Standard]

Senior Counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi has made formal his intention to file a petition against some Supreme Court judges.

Abdullahi and his colleague, Ombati Omwanza, said the petition to have some judges who adjudicated over an election petition against Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi will be forwarded to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) in the first week of March.

Lawyers Ahmednasir and Omwanza represented former Wajir Governor Ahmed Abdullahi who was challenging Governor Abdi’s election in the 2017 election, in a hard-fought case which first succeeded in the High Court and the Appeals Court, but failed in the Supreme Court.

“We are in the process of filing a formal petition under Article 168 (1) (2) (3) and (4) of the Constitution. We think it should be ready in about two weeks,” Omwanza said in a letter to Chief Justice David Maraga dated February 21.

Ruled in favour

The latest petition against some of the Supreme Court judges comes over a year after the JSC dismissed a couple others following the disputed 2017 presidential election.

The letter highlighted allegations against undisclosed members of the Bench in the Wajir governor case.

“Based on credible and actionable information from our clients, (we) have made serious allegations against part of the Bench that adjudicated over the matter,” the letter reads in part.

Chief Justice David Maraga acknowledged receipt of the letter from Nchogu, Omwanza and Nyasimi Advocates company on the same day.

“Given the grave allegations you have made, I have tabled it before the Judicial Service Commission for appropriate action,” the Chief Justice said.

Last Wednesday, the former Wajir governor went back to the Supreme Court seeking to have the top court overturn its decision and to rule that Mr Abdi was not validly elected on August 8, 2017.

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