AG nominee Paul Kihara defends his appointment

The nominee for the position of Attorney General, Justice Paul Kihara, Thursday morning appeared before National Assembly Committee on Appointments, where he presented his credentials as an distinguished lawyer and a judge.

Kihara defended his appointment by the president saying his background as a staunch christian sets him apart as a man of integrity a virtue that is key to the position of Attorney general.

Kihara who has been a judge for over 15 years said he has always worked within the confines of the law even when the situation has dictated to go against the executive and the national assembly.

He said if given an opportunity to serve as the next Attorney General he will strive to  ensure checks and balances are maintained  between  the three arms of government  by fostering  dialogue, collegiality, and enhancement of goodwill even when all the parties differ.

Justice Paul Kihara: The office of the AG is in a privileged position where it can dialogue and interact with the three arms of the government and bring them together.

He said if confirmed his first engagement will be to convene a sit down with various stakeholders tasked with fighting corruption to put an end to the long standing blame game so as to allow them to focus on fighting the vice.

Thursday’s vetting session  for the first time saw  NASA lawmakers join their Jubilee Party colleagues in scrutinizing Kihara following Wednesday’s submission of names of Opposition MPs who will sit in the committee, a factor that has been attributed to the pact between President Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga.


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