CJ Maraga to lawyer Ahmednasir: File petition on Supreme Court bribery claims
- Chief Justice David Maraga has asked lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi and others with information on graft at the Supreme Court to file petitions or table evidence at the Judicial Service Commission.
- In the said tweets, Ahmednasir singled out Justice Ibrahim for having changed his mind hours before the ruling that upheld the election of Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi.
Chief Justice David Maraga has asked lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi and others with information on graft at the Supreme Court to file petitions or table evidence at the Judicial Service Commission.
This follows allegations made by Senior Counsel Ahmednasir about some of the Supreme Court judges receiving bribes in the recent ruling on the Wajir gubernatorial petition.
“For us to succeed and reduce it (corruption) every Kenyan of goodwill must say no to it. In the last few weeks, Senior Counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi publicly claimed that some judges of the Supreme Court were bribed to decide the Wajir gubernatorial petition in the way they did. I challenge him to file a petition and assure him that the Judicial Service Commission will take stern and appropriate action against those judges if given the evidence of alleged corruption,” said CJ Maraga.
On his part, Ahmednasir said he has “overwhelming” evidence.
“I wish to thank the Hon CJ David Maraga for this… my client’s petition to the JSC is almost ready. I want reassure all Kenyans of goodwill and the Hon CJ in particular that my client will file the petition… and the evidence is overwhelming,” he tweeted.
This comes a day after Supreme Court Judge Mohammed Ibrahim demanded an apology from the lawyer for publishing defamatory words against him over the Wajir gubernatorial election petition.
The judge, through his lawyer Wambua Kilonzo, gave Ahmednassir seven days to retract the words published on his twitter account and offer an apology, failure to which he will move to court.
“…publish an apology and a retraction of the said tweets in a similar prominence to which they were published, both on Twitter and through two Kenyan newspapers with daily and nationwide circulation,” reads the letter.
In the said tweets, Ahmednasir singled out Justice Ibrahim for having changed his mind hours before the ruling that upheld the election of Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi.
“The problem with corruption in the Kenyan Supreme Court as aptly shown by the judgment of Wajir gubernatorial petition is that corruption is single sourced & is not open & competitive. My client was not invited to put his bid & some judges took money from only one party,” tweeted Ahmednasir.
He promised to write a letter to the Chief Justice on “which judges were bribed and how much money they got.”
Justice Ibrahim says the tweets were “libelous, malicious, oppressive and spiteful and were calculated to, and did discredit our client’s good way and reputation, injured, disparaged and lowered his esteem and regard among right thinking members of the local and international society.”
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