How lawyer Lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi got the title Grand Mullah

The, Grand Mullah’ is assertive, flamboyant and authoritative. He fears no one and is unafraid to delve into matters politics and the economy in public, especially through his Twitter accont. He also openly declares his allegiance to the Jubilee Party and represented the President in the 2013 and 2017 Presidential petition.

He rose to his prominence for his abrasive, arogant and ‘insensitive’ approach to during interviews for Chief Justice in 2011. He was a member of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) representing lawyers. He maintained this personality when interviewing other Judges. The interviews were public and gave Kenyans a chance to see how grueling it is to be a Chief Justice and serve in the bench, like inaugurating Kenya’s Supreme Court.

He is unafraid to show off his wealth and belongings. He once confessed to that he “has good taste in clothes – suits, shirts, ties, and shoes. All my jeans are and most of my suits are by Brioni. I’m into labels. I shop when I travel and my clothes remind me of where I have been,” he stated in a Business Daily interview when asked what his extravagance things are.

Brioni is a high-end Italian fashion house that is preferred by world leaders among them US President Donald Trump and George Bush.

Unfortunately, he also treats people depending on how they dress.

In the interview with Jackson Biko on Business Daily, he admitted that the name Grand Mullah was conceived during his time in the JSC. “People don’t know this, but I was given that name by the Chief Justice (Dr. Willy Mutunga) during one of our JSC interviews. Then after, I think when (former Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Gladys) Shollei’s issue came up, she leaked it to the press to create the impression of a godfather. But it was more of my expertise in Islamic law than anything”, he said.

He doesn’t mind the name as well as he says it is used in an affectionate way.

A Senior Counsel and founding partner of Ahmednasir, Abdikadir & Company Advocates, he has served as the chair of the Law Society of Kenya and was also the lawyers’ representative to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) after the Constitution was promulgated in 2010. It is during his tenure that they recruited and inaugurated Kenya’s first Supreme Court.

He grew up in Mandera, attended Mandera Primary School, then Nairobi School, University of Nairobi, Law School and finally Cornell University in New York for his Masters.

As a lawyer, the Grand Mullah takes cases for two reasons. One is because the fee is good. He admitted to having been schooled on it by the late lawyer and politician Mutula Kilonzo in the School of Law. “He said the more you charge a client, the more he loves you. I find that to be so true”, he said. The second reason is due to an injustice, especially wanting to show the rich powerful people involved that justice will triumph.


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