Controversial Nairobi lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi aka ‘The Grand Mullah’ has taken a swipe at former Chief Justice David Maraga over alleged mediocrity.
Through a newspaper article, Ahmednasir, who is the chair of the Senior Counsel Committee, demonstrates there’s no love lost between the two.
“In a country that celebrates mediocrity and settling for the second fiddle is in the norm when it comes to employing heads of key institutions, Justice David Maraga was in good company when he was tapped by the JSC (Judicial Service Commission) to be the 14th Chief Justice,” writes the outspoken lawyer.
Justice Maraga’s tenure at the helm of the Judiciary began in October, 2016, and ended last January. In the JSC interviews, he slayed Dr Smokin Wanjala, Nzamba Kitonga (now late), and US-based legal scholar Prof Makau Mutua. Ahmednassir believes the trio was more suitable than Maraga.
“Justice Maraga may never have been appointed CJ. He was but a beneficiary of a scheme that was more interested in stopping more qualified candidates than ensuring the best candidates gets the job,” he writes in the ‘Daily Nation’.
Ahmednassir believes CJ Maraga was out to craft a populism-driven legacy, particularly after he fell out with the executive. He (in)famously nullified the results of 2017 Presidential elections, prompting a repeat poll.
Ahmednasir also claims a senior Supreme Court judge took a bribe of Ksh 220m. The chief justice was the president of this court.
Maraga has sued Ahmednasir over this tweet regarding it as defamatory. Maraga through TripleOKLaw Advocates has said that the tweet is detrimental to his position as a church elder which requires one to be a person of integrity.
The tweet reached 1.1 million followers of the lawyer and that it attracted 565 comments, 381 retweets and 2,500 likes from twitter users.
Maraga asked Ahmednasir for an apology and an unequivocal public retraction to no avail. The lawyer refused to take down the post.
The former CJ is asking the court to order the lawyer to pay him damages and a public apology for the libellious twitter post
“Do you want to litigate before this court or elsewhere?”, CJ Maraga responded to Ahmednasir’s criticisms in 2018.
“I make comments on courts because I am entitled to make comments,” Ahmednasir reposited.
While Ahmednasir has said he is not interested in becoming the country’s Chief Justice, the jury is still out on Maraga’s tenure.