CJ Mutunga to deliver farewell speech to the Senate

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By Samuel Musita

Chief Justice Dr Willy Mutunga will Wednesday afternoon address the senate even as he plans to officially exit office on Thursday midnight having served for five years.

Mutunga who is also the President of the Supreme Court will be stepping down one year before his term ends in June 2017.

He becomes the first Chief Justice in Kenya’s history to address a House of Parliament.

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He is expected to address the endless supremacy battles that have characterized interactions between the Senate and the judiciary which appeared to constrain relations between the two entities over the past three years.

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He was appointed in June 2011 and has overseen a number of reforms within the Judiciary. Mutunga says his decision to retire early is meant to ensure a smooth process in choosing his successor.

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During his tenure, he presided over the presidential election petition filed by CORD leader Raila Odinga which was the first under the new Constitution.

Before being appointed chief justice he was the Resident Representative of the FORD Foundation Eastern Africa Regional Office in Nairobi.

The social justice activist has established and served in many civil society organizations including Kituo cha Sheria, Law Society of Kenya, Council for Legal Education (Kenya) and the Kenya Human Rights Commission.

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Mutunga has also authored The Rights of Arrested and Accused Persons and Constitution-Making from the Middle: Civil Society and Transition Politics in Kenya, 1992-1997.

He obtained his first and second degrees in law from the University of Dar-es-Salaam and later did his doctoral degree in Jurisprudence in Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada.

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