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CJ Koome criticises lawyers Havi, Ahmednassir and Angawa for arguing BBI case on social media

Chief Justice Martha Koome named and humiliated advocates on Thursday who she claimed tried to sway the court’s decision on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) issue. The Supreme Court President, who also chairs the Judicial Service Commission, a human resource and disciplinary arm of the courts, accused the lawyers of being unprofessional. Senior Counsel Ahmednassir Abdulahi, former Law Society of Kenya President Nelson Havi, and Ms Esther Ang’awa were singled out by the CJ for using social media to malign the court.

“We believe the substance of some of those opinions were intended to sway, frighten, or scandalize the court.” “Unfortunately, this is emerging, and unless it is addressed, the courts’ credibility and dignity will be eroded,” she warned. She described such behavior as unprofessional, particularly for Mr Havi and Ms Ang’awa, who were appearing in the BBI case. Mr Abdullahi was chastised for his behavior and told to behave better, despite the fact that he was a Senior Counsel, the greatest rank a practicing lawyer may achieve as an indication of their prowess, advancement, and status in the profession.

“After the judges retreated to ponder various matters and write judgments, skilled counsels Mr Nelson Havi and Ms Esther Ang’awa, who appeared for the first and fifth respondents, went to social media, Twitter, on several occasions.” On the 15th and 19th of February, 2022, and throw doubt on the courts. “It is unethical conduct on the part of counsel to appear before the apex court and then hurl unwarranted tirade, insults, and speculations about a pending judgment,” the CJ observed. She reminded the lawyers that it was well-established legal practice for counsel and parties to desist from attempting to unlawfully influence the courts in any way, whether directly or indirectly.

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