Francis Atwoli defends his profile after lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi belittled him, calling him a class seven dropout.
The war of words erupted after lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi questioned Atwoli’s academic credentials over his defence of Brian Mwenda, a supposed legal quack masquerading as a High Court Advocate.
Ahmednasir said that Mike Sonko, a former governor of Nairobi, and the secretary general of the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) were improperly defending a person who had tainted the reputation of the legal profession.
He suggested that the duo was siding with Mwenda out of convenience, claiming that they had both left formal education at the primary level.
“Is it mere coincidence that the most vociferous and squeaky supporters of Mr. Brian Mwenda are Sonko and Dr Francis Atwoli, two Kenyans who left school at class 7?” posed Ahmednasir.
However, Atwoli fired back claiming Ahmednasir judged Mwenda unfairly, yet he also started his career as a legal practitioner without proper qualifications.
“Like Brian, you, allegedly committed forgery by attaining a Certificate of Completion of Pupillage without attending pupillage as required by the Advocates Act. But you’ve risen to be a top advocate,” started Atwoli.
Atwoli further claimed the lawyer was corrupt and had been involved in corruption malpractices such as demanding bribes and swindling unsuspecting clients.
He went ahead to give an instance in which he blocked the lawyer from fleecing the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) millions.
“My only concern is that you’ve become more of a swindler than an advocate. Swindling billions from clients: without reminding you where we disagreed on unjust demands of millions you had made at NSSF and of which I stopped. What is LSK doing about rogue advocates like you?” posed Atwoli.
In his bid to deflate Ahmednasir’s assertion that he is uneducated, Atwoli took pride in his prowess in international relations and labour standards.
“I have undertaken extensive studies on industrial relations and international labour standards. I have credentials from the ILO College of International Labour Studies in Turin, Italy, and the George Mini Labour Centre in Maryland, USA. I am tried and tested with unmatched experience on labour issues, not just in the continent but globally,” Atwoli said.