Justin Muturi

DATE OF BIRTH


April 28, 1956

GENDER


Male

OCCUPATION


Politician, Lawyer

FAMILY


Has children.

BIOGRAPHY


Education background: After completing primary schooling, he joined Kangaru Boys High School and later University of Nairobi in 1978 to study law. He graduated with a Law degree in 1981. He then went to Kenya School of Law for a Post Graduate diploma in Law and was admitted as an advocate of the High court of Kenya in 1982.

Early career: After law school, Muturi served as a principal magistrate between 1982 and 1997 before retiring from judicial service to enter politics. Towards the end of his legal career, he had been accused of soliciting a Sh1 million bribe during his tenure as magistrate. He faced the allegations in court and was later acquitted, but never returned to the Judiciary. He has always refuted the claims, adding that it was a scheme to fix him.

Political career: He was first elected to parliament in 1999 as MP for Siakago in a by-election following the death of then MP Silas Ita. He was re-elected in 2002 and served as opposition chief whip and chair of the Public Investment Committee in the 10th Parliament.

Mr Muturi was defeated for the Siakago Constituency MP seat by Lenny Kivuti in the 2007 general elections. Five years later, in 2013, he was elected Speaker of National Assembly after his attempt to recapture the seat, now renamed Mbeere North, failed in that year’s general elections.

During his time in politics, Muturi has served as a member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on the constitutional review from 1999 to 2004, and Kanu National Organising Secretary. In April 2011, he was appointed the chairman of the Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD), a civil society group that deals with democracy issues in multi-party politics.

Muturi is the seventh Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya. He is the first Speaker to serve following the re-establishment of a bicameral Parliament.

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