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Ahmednasir urged to relinguish JSC position

04 February 2014, 11:12 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - The outgoing representative of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) in the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), Ahmednasir Abdullahi, should give other lawyers a chance to serve in the commission.

Senior Counsel Professor Tom Ojienda who is eying the JSC slot, said Ahmednasir has nothing new to offer to the commission after serving a three-year term.

While addressing the Nyeri Bar Association on Monday, Ojienda claimed that he is the most professional and independent among the four candidates seeking the post.

“Ahmednasir should realize that his time in the JSC has expired and stop seeking re-election since he has not delivered,” said Ojienda, warning that if Ahmednasir is elected, the LSK will be risking another election soon.

The senior counsel reasoned that the outgoing commissioner is facing a tribunal and suit which are investigating him over  various issues including the Gladys Shollei saga.

Ojienda however pledged that if elected, he would ensure a structured promotion and transfer of judges and magistrates after every three years.

He said the recruitment of judges and magistrates should be a competitive exercise and not appointments, saying some of the judicial officers were recruited from the civil service without considering their competence and experience.

He added that judges and magistrates also ought to be reshuffled and transferred to get rid of corruption malpractices in the judiciary.

“Judges and magistrates should be posted on basis of backlog of cases since some stations are overwhelmed by shortage of staff,” he continued.

Some advocates should be given the first priority in the recruitment of magistrates and judges, according to Ojienda, since they have the requisite qualifications of securing the positions.

He however expressed concerns that court clerks harass lawyers vowing that he will iron out the ills facing ‘the learned friends’ when elected to serve in the JSC.

He observed that magistrates and judges should be trained to hear all matters including criminal, land, labour and industrial matters to reduce the backlogs.

Ojienda lamented that Ahmednasir had promised to serve only one term in the commission only for him to change mind and declare he will be defending his seat.

Tom Ojienda

“Am promising you that I will serve for only one term so that another person can get a chance,” he promised.

Ojienda could not go without dispelling reports that he is a job seeker stating that he has served in several units both in the country and abroad, and that he participated in drafting of several policies that members of the Bar are enjoying today.

The LSK elections are slated for February 6, 2014.

The professor of law is battling it out with Ahmednasir, Okongo Omogeni and Kabaru Ndegwa.

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