Supreme Court ban on Ahmednasir Abdullahi leaves Eldoret family in legal conundrum

A family from Eldoret town found themselves at the forefront of the legal repercussions stemming from the ban imposed on senior counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi by the Supreme Court. The ban came into effect after six judges of the apex court recused themselves from hearing the case in which Ahmednasir was the lawyer on record.

The affected family, representing the late Noah Chelugui, was in the midst of an appeal filed against the estate of former president Daniel Moi and businessman Jaswant Rai. The legal battle revolved around a parcel of land in Eldoret town, dating back to a dispute in 1983. The late Chelugui’s family had secured Ahmednasir Abdullahi as their legal representative for the appeal.

However, during Tuesday’s online court appearance, the family faced an unexpected hurdle when the court judges, led by Chief Justice Martha Koome, reiterated their earlier decision to ban Ahmednasir from appearing before them. This left the Chelugui family in a precarious situation, prompting them to request the court’s permission to choose another advocate to represent their interests.

The family, headed by Chelugui’s ailing widow Susan and son David Kipkemboi, expressed their concern over the sudden ban on Ahmednasir. The legal predicament arose as a consequence of the Supreme Court judges’ decision to recuse themselves from the case, leaving the family in need of new legal representation.

The case had gained prominence after Moi’s estate moved to the Supreme Court following a prior ruling that mandated them to compensate the Chelugui family with one billion shillings for the alleged land grab in Eldoret town in 1983.

The development underscores the broader implications of the ban imposed on Ahmednasir Abdullahi, a seasoned senior counsel, and the challenges faced by litigants who had engaged his legal services prior to the court’s decision. As the legal landscape continues to evolve, the affected family is left navigating the complexities of the situation, seeking to secure alternative legal representation to pursue their case before the Supreme Court.

The outcome of this case will not only shape the fate of the Chelugui family’s long-standing dispute but also serve as a precedent for others who may find themselves affected by the ban on Ahmednasir Abdullahi in ongoing and future legal proceedings.

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