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Ahmednassir meets PIC over NCPB maize scandal

12 July 2013, 14:05 Samuel Kisika

Ahmednassir Abdullahi, the re-known JSC lawyer, appeared before the Parliamentary Public Investment Committee (PIC) to respond to an affidavit presented by the National Cereals Produce Board of Kenya (NCPBK) concerning his credibility in the case that saw the board lose over KES 561 million to Erad General Suppliers and Contractors in 2009.

Responding to the affidavit's allegations that Ahmednassir used his Judicial position to influence the Court against the NCPBK as the Erad's lawyer, Nassir said that he represented his client within judicial ethical framework.

"I am not stupid to act against the reformed judicial requirements which I personally participated in its transformation to influence the success or loss of any case due to my honorable position in the Judicial Service Commission," said Ahmednassir.

The JSC lawyer also objected to NCPBK's allegations that he was among the applicants who sought for the tender of maize supply but after failing to secure the tender, thereafter came to the defence of Erad Company after suing the board for breach of contract.

"The listing of my law firm as number eight in tender application is a false allegation as I deal with judicial issues not any other business," said the lawyer.

"I have never participated in the supply of a single kilogram of either maize or sugar; I have neither been a shareholder in the Company that transacted with NCPBK nor have I owned one myself," added Ahmednassir.

He urged the Committee not to rely and believe in the alleged NCPBK 'official affidavit' with false information to degrade him especially at this time of Judicial politics for big positions whereby he has already shown interest with hope of re-election.

He said that NCPBK should take the responsibility of getting down to the matter identifying the responsible individuals in the maize saga other than providing false allegations in the affidavits before the Committee.

The Public Investment Committee chaired by Hon. Ada Keynan who is the Wajir West Member of Parliament, asked Ahmednssir to write an official statement to the Committee concerning the affidavit's allegations before meeting other parties in the NCPBK's maize saga.     

Erad General Suppliers and Contractors is a firm contracted by NCPBK in August 2004 to supply maize on an emergency basis. After the its contract cancellation, the Company moved to the High Court suing the board for breach of contract, represented by lawyer Ahmednassir, objecting to the setting aside of KES 500 million award to them despite having not supplied any single grain of maize.

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