Prof Kithure Kindiki
DATE OF BIRTH
Education: Early schooling at Lenana High School and Tharaka Boys High School. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Laws from Moi University. In 2001, he obtained a Diploma in Legal Studies from the Kenya School of Law. He holds a Master's in International Human Rights Law and Democracy and a PhD in International Law, both from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
Early career: Before joining politics, he served as a lecturer at Moi and Nairobi universities. He started his teaching career in 1999 as a Law lecturer at Moi University. In 2004, he joined the University of Nairobi where he served until 2005 when he returned to Moi to head the department of Public Law.
He served as Secretary of the National Cohesion in the Ministry of Justice soon after the 2008 post-election violence and was instrumental in the drafting of the National Cohesion and Integration Act. However, he resigned after three months and accused the government of lacking political will to resettle hundreds of thousands of people who were displaced by the 2007/08 post-poll skirmishes.
He was thrown into public limelight when DP Ruto appointed him to his legal team when he faced crimes against humanity charges at the ICC.
Political career: He currently serves as Senator for Tharaka-Nithi County, a post he's held since 2013. He clinched the seat on his first attempt at elective politics. He was then elected the first leader of Majority in the Senate, a position he held until he was elected the Deputy Speaker after the 2017 general elections. He was de-whipped from the position in 2020, a casualty of the fall-out between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy Wiliam Ruto.
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