BY SAM ALFAN.
Senior Counsel Ahmednassir Abdullahi now wants Siaya Senator James Orengo stopped representing Kenya Civil Aviation Authority in a dispute involving the land on which Weston Hotel stands.
In an application filed in court, Ahmednassir argued that Orengo, who previously served as Lands minister during retired President Mwai Kibaki’s administration, should be disqualified from representing the State agency on the basis of conflict of interest.
In an urgent application filed before the Environmental and Land Court, Ahmednassir further said the Siaya Senator has no instructions to act on behalf of KCAA.
He said Orengo’s role in this Weston Hotel matter is purely political mischief making , solely intended to muddle the issues in contest for a temporal political nuisance.
Ahmednasir further told the court that , Orengo has come into the matter to gain political capital for his principal in the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party with a view to scandalise and vex Weston Hotel.
He added that the veteran lawyer was not in the panel of advocates appointed to represent the agency. Ahmednassir further said Orengo, in his capacity as the Leader of Minority in the Senate, is a State officer prohibited from undertaking any other gainful employment.
“A leader of the Senate acting or prosecuting cases before the Judiciary is a clear breach of separation of powers and a threat to the independence of Judiciary and his presence in this case violates the code of conduct that regulates behavior of State officers,” Ahmednassir said.
Last week, one of the firms involved in the dispute, Priority Ltd, claimed it was legitimately allocated and legally registered as the proprietor.