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Koome Blasts Ahmednassir, Havi Over BBI Comments

  • Chief Justice Martha Koome reprimanded Senior Counsels Nelson Havi and Ahmednasir Abdullahi for comments made on the Building Bridges Initiative(BBI) appeal before a ruling was made.

    While reading the verdict of the Supreme Court judges on Thursday, March 31, Koome stated that the action by the lawyers amounted to unethical conduct.

    The CJ stated it was unethical for any lawyer to comment on the matter before the final ruling.  

    She noted that they deemed their actions as an attempt to influence the decision of the judges.

    Former LSK President Nelson Havi in court

    “The court observed with concern some commentaries in the pending judgment carried out on social media by some counsels some of whom are appearing in this matter.

    “The contents of those commentaries were in our view meant to influence, intimidate and fact scandalise the court,” she stated.

    Additionally, she hit out at Nairobi-based Lawyer Esther Ang’awa for comments she made on Twitter.

    “When the judges retreated to write their judgment, learned counsels Nelson Havi and Esther Angawa who appeared took to social media on different occasions…this amounts to unethical conduct on the part of the counsels,” the CJ stated.

    The Chief Justice noted that the practice of legal counsels commenting on ongoing cases was becoming a concern reminding the lawyers of their code of Conduct.

    “This practice is emerging and unless we stop it will erode the confidence and the dignity of the court.

    “It will also amount to unprofessional conduct by counsels appearing in this matter and out of this matter who know very well that they cannot comment on an ongoing legal matter,” she stated.

    The Supreme Court of Kenya
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