THERE is no building in Mombasa worth Sh900 million, Judicial Service Commission member Ahmednasir Abdullahi claims. The controversial lawyer said the sum is the amount suspended Chief Registrar of Judiciary Gladys Boss Shollei planned to spend to buy a Post Bank building in the Coastal city.
Ahmednasir told K24 TV on Wednesday that he was alarmed when Shollei told him she planned to buy the building. He denied claims by Shollei that he told her to drop the Post Bank building idea telling her he would identify an alternative.
Ahmednasir however said he asked Shollei to stop the transaction. He said he then called Post Bank lawyer John Katiku who told him that they had "fruitful" discussions with Shollei and that indeed they were selling the building for Sh900 million to the Judiciary.
"So I brought that issue to Judiciary. I am not the kind of person who says that I will bring you another building. Where will I get another one in Mombasa? Is there any building in Mombasa worth Sh900 million?" Ahmednasir said.
He said neither he, as chairman of the JSC committee on finance, nor Chief Justice Willy Mutunga knew about or budgeted for it. Ahmednasir denied there ever had ever been bad blood between him and Shollei.
He said he had worked with Shollei "nicely" and "very, very closely" ever since she joined the JSC. Ahmednasir denied claims of a witch-hunt. "She is innocent of all allegations levelled against her but we needed to investigate her while she was away. There was a unanimity in the issue of investigation," the lawyer said.
Asked why the JSC was acting as the judge, jury and executioner, Ahmednasir dismissed the question as "overused cliché". He said no one in Kenya is "bullet-proof" on such matters including himself.
Ahmednasir claimed he was being fought because of the reforms he has introduced in the Judiciary as a JSC member and during his term as Law Society of Kenya chairman. He said he has no problem with people referring to him as a "Grand Mullah".
"If I am unpleasant why do they vote for me? I think they vote for me because I represent their aspirations, I deliver on my promises and I always have a vision for the office I ran for," he said.
In a different interview, also on K24, Ahmednasir sensationally claimed that Star MD William Pike is a British spy agent on an espionage mission. He said his publication, the Nairobi Law Monthly, publish a dossier against Pike next month.
"Its a tantalising story. It is an amazing story. It is a classic example of how to use media as a cover for espionage," he said. In the interview, he did not however establish a link between Pike, espionage and the JSC saga.