Attorney General Githu Muigai resigns

Written By: Rose Welimo
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President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced the resignation of Attorney General Prof. Githu Muigai. The head of state said he had nominated Judge Paul Kihara Kariuki as his replacement.

In a statement the president said, “I wish to place on record, on my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Kenya, our gratitude for the committed and dedicated service that Professor Muigai has accorded to our nation over the last six and a half years that he has served in the office of Attorney General. I wish Professor Muigai all the very best in the next phase of his professional career.”

Muigai’s  term will be remembered for strongly defending Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta, William Ruto and four other suspects at the ICC.

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ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda had accused Kenya of failing to cooperate with the court in both cases and wanted Kenya referred to the Assembly of State Parties for non-cooperation.

The president also nominated Kennedy Ogeto as Solicitor General and appointed Njee Muturi as Deputy Chief of Staff.

He also announced the nomination of Abdikadir Mohammed as Ambassador to South Korea.

Justice Paul Kihara Kariuki

Justice Paul Kihara Kariuki was born on May 11, 1954 in Kiambu, and  is currently the President of the Court of Appeal in Kenya.

Justice Kariuki attended the University of Nairobi for his Bachelor of Law Degree and graduated in 1977.

Between 1977 and 1980 he was a Legal assistant at Hamilton Harrison and Matthews in Nairobi and a partner in the same firm from 1981 to 1986.

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He has been the Group managing director International Controls Group of Companies since 2000.

Justice Kariuki was appointed the director of the Kenya School of Law, a position that had become vacant after previous holder, Leonard Njagi, was appointed a High Court judge.

He served in this position only briefly as he was also appointed a judge in 2001 but stayed longer in order to move the Kenya School of Law from its Valley Road address to its present location in Karen.

In October 2003, Paul Kihara Kariuki was one of the judges appointed as judges of the High Court by President Kibaki.

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On appointment, Justice Kariuki became the duty judge at the High Court, replacing Justice Isaac Lenaola who had been appointed a member of the tribunal to investigate judges who chose to contest their removal from the bench. Justice Kariuki served in this position for the next two years.

In 2006, Chief Justice Gicheru appointed an integrity review committee and appointed Justice Kariuki to head this committee.

The main accomplishment of the Kariuki committee, as it came to be called, was that it addressed, for the first time, financial management issues within the Judiciary and made far-reaching recommendations. Its report led to a purge on administrative staff who were in charge of these processes.

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