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Nassir: Shollei to blame for JSC's woes

13 June 2014, 11:40 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Former Judicial Service Commission (JSC) Commissioner, Ahmed Nassir has accused the sacked Judiciary Chief Registrar, Gladys Shollei of massive misappropriation of the institution’s funds amounting to billions of shillings in its restructuring process.

Nassir told the National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that Shollei’s sacking was a collective decision by JSC after realising that she was involved in gross misappropriation of funds without seeking the Council’s approval in the procurement process.

“I would like to inform this committee that the friction in Judiciary started when Shollei joined the institution as the Chief Registrar especially during the Jubilee government era where she considered herself more powerful than any other JSC member by performing procurement roles without consulting the council,” Nassir told PAC.

Nassir revealed that Shollei only approached the JSC for approval of procurement worth millions she had done individually and when asked who gave her the permission, the former registrar falsely held that the procurement was under her mandate.

“Shollei was to inform JSC in advance on any procurement to be undertaken for legal process to be followed. The registrar went her own way in projects such as the leasing of Elgon Place Building at unattainable cost. On realising that, we warned her against partitioning but she partitioned KES 380 million. We asked her why she defied JSC’s directive then she became apologetic. We listened to her plea then warned her against furnishing the building but again she defied and used KES 38 million to furnish,” said Nassir.

“The friction even became worse when she paid herself allowances amounting to KES 3.5 million for 70 meetings she did not attend. We had to urgently convene a meeting as JSC to fire her immediately and I can confirm to this committee that the Auditor General’s report compared to JSC’s internal audit report, lacks about 50% unlawful issues Shollei committed that led to her dismissal,” he noted.

The former JSC Senior Council also stated that the council’s budget towards the Chief Justice’s new home in Runda was to be allocated KES 200 million but Shollei raised the figure to KES 310 million. He added that the Registrar also allocated KES 900 million for the construction of the Lodwar Law courts, urging PAC to investigate into the matter.  

Nassir further faulted Shollei’s claims that JSC directed her to recruit the members’ relatives and friends, saying that the Chief Registrar was in full control of the recruitment exercise without being compelled.

“Shollei has a history of moving with her former staff when she secures a position in another institution. When she came to Judiciary, she brought in 13 employees either from the Kenya Law Reports institution or IEBC where she had worked then gave them huge salaries, where if one was earning KES 50 000, she was paid over KES 250 000 in addition to awarding irregular promotion without involving JSC,” said Nassir.

He stated that legal action should be taken against Shollei for involving in gross misappropriation of public funds in the Judiciary and noted that when JSC fired her, Chief Justice Willy Mutunga wrote a detailed letter revealing Shollei’s unlawful deeds to Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to facilitate investigations.

“EACC has to tell Kenyans why it is yet to forward their investigation report to the Director of Public Prosecutions for Shollei’s arrest after the Chief Justice wrote to it stating grounds and illegalities committed towards her sacking,” said Nassir.

Nassir further denied allegations that during his tenure, he used his position in JSC to decide on the appointment of CJ Mutunga to replace the Busia Senator, Amos Wako.

PAC chair, Ababu Namwamba directed Nassir to appear before the Committee next week with tangible evidence against Shollei’s procurement illegalities and irregular recruitment in addition to another case where he alleged that the former Chief Registrar colluded with DT Dobie and CMC motor companies to purchase cars to non-JSC members.   

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