Zehrabanu Janmohamed: Presidential Petition Lawyer Who Broke World Sports History

  • Senior Counsel Zehrabanu Janmohamed at the Supreme on Wednesday August 31, 2022.
    Senior Counsel Zehrabanu Janmohamed at the Supreme on Wednesday, August 31, 2022.
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  • Senior Counsel Zehrabanu Janmohamed is among the lawyers appearing at the Supreme Court, representing John Njoroge, a petitioner in the case challenging William Ruto's win in the 2022 presidential election.

    She argued at the apex court on Wednesday, August 31, where she maintained that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairperson Wafula Chebukati should be barred from conducting any further elections.

    "We have requested that the chairperson be prohibited from conducting any further elections in view of his behaviour and or holding any public office in Kenya in breach of chapter six of the constitution of Kenya," she argued.

    Janmohamed, also known as Jackie, made history in 2012 following her appointment as the chair of Cricket Kenya. The appointment made her the first woman to head a national cricket body.

    Senior Counsel Zehrabanu Janmohamed at the Supreme on Wednesday August 31, 2022.
    Senior Counsel Zehrabanu Janmohamed at the Supreme on Wednesday, August 31, 2022.
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    She then became the first woman to head a Continental Cricket Association when she was elected as the Chairperson of the Africa Cricket Association.

    Janmohamed, who completed her elementary education in Nairobi before moving to the UK the for her LLB degree at the University College London, further made history after being conferred with the senior counsel title.

    She started practising law in the UK after graduating in 1986, where she became a Barrister at Law, Lincoln Inn a year later.

    Janmohamed returned to Kenya in 1988 to pursue her legal career. She joined the Archer and Wilcock law firm as a pupil in 1988, climbing through the ranks to become a partner in 1993.

    She currently practices in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Kenya.

    Janmohamed is married to Mudassar Nazar, a former Pakistan National Cricket team opening batsman. Her husband is widely known as the man with the golden arm.

    Her interest in cricket also stemmed from her father's passion which led to her being an ardent supporter of the Sir Ali Muslim Club. The Senior Counsel later became the first female member of the Muslim Club.

     In 2020, Janmohamed was awarded the Mzalendo Award by President Uhuru Kenyatta for her philanthropic works of food distribution to 30,000 vulnerable families in Kenya during the pandemic.

    "I have handled many high profile cases, but when I was barely three years old at Archer and Wilcock, I represented Nation Media Group which was required to apologise or be barred from covering the proceedings of the Ouko Commission of Inquiry in Kisumu and we succeeded," she stated on her achievements in the legal field.

    She was also tasked with handling late President Daniel Arap Moi's wealth distribution among his children.

    Senior Counsel Zehrabanu Janmohamed at the Supreme on Wednesday August 31, 2022.
    Senior Counsel Zehrabanu Janmohamed at the Supreme on Wednesday, August 31, 2022.
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