Prof Kithure Kindiki


July 17, 1972




Politician, Lawyer


Married to Joyce Kithure. They have two children.


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.

Latest articles on Prof Kithure Kindiki:

  1. Ruto whips his Kakamega troops into line after days of wrangling

    Mr Malala had been at loggerheads with Mr Khalwale and Mr Washiali on whether they should support parliamentary candidates from their parties.

    Cleophas Malala
  2. Uhuru will not visit Tharaka Nithi, county commissioner says

    The supposed visit was announced by area Governor Muthomi Njuki on Tuesday.

  3. Kindiki: Yes, Mudavadi, Wetang’ula have 70pc vote target in Ruto deal

    Critics of the Kenya Kwanza deal have laughed off the target, saying Mr Mudavadi and Mr Wetang’ula could not match the demand.

  4. Kithure Kindiki: I will take a break from politics

    Prof Kindiki conceded defeat and said he wishes DP Ruto, Gachagua well.

    Kithure Kindiki
  5. Ruto’s biggest gamble yet

    The choice of Raila’s running mate played a critical role in having Kenya Kwanza settle on the Mathira MP.

    Rigathi Gachagua.
  6. I will protect you, Gachagua tells Uhuru

    Mr Gachagua says all court cases facing him and other Hustler Nation leaders as “fake and evil.”

    Richathi Gachagua
  7. Mixed reactions as Gachagua picked to deputise Ruto

    While people in Nyeri were jubilant, residents of Tharaka Nithi and Kirinyaga counties expressed dissatisfaction

    Residents of Karatina
  8. Kindiki on Ruto running mate: I will make my stand known tomorrow

    Prof Kindiki skipped DP Ruto’s event, which unveiled Rigathi Gachagua as the Kenya Kwanza running mate.

    Kithure Kindiki
  9. You have failed us, Kirinyaga, Nithi residents tell Ruto over Gachagua choice

    The residents faulted the DP choice of running mate, adding that this may cost him the Mount Kenya vote.

  10. Gachagua it is! Ruto names running mate

    The naming of Mr Gachagua as Dr Ruto's running mate comes after a 17-hour meeting.

    Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua
  11. Kithure no show at DP Ruto running mate event

    While unveiling Mr Gachagua, Dr Ruto praised Professor Kindiki.

    Kithure Kindiki
  12. Why DP must pick deputy from Mt Kenya

    Outpouring emotional support from Mt Kenya offered solace and gave DP Ruto zest at a time he was perceived to be side-lined.

    Deputy President William Ruto
  13. Ruto deputy naming runs into headwinds

    Information reaching Nation.Africa was that lawmakers allied to Dr Ruto were reportedly divided over the choice of Rigathi and Kindiki.

    Kithure Kindiki
  14. Protests over delay in naming Ruto running mate

    Dr Ruto, who is Kenya Kwanza Alliance presidential candidate, had promised to name his running mate on Saturday.

    Karatina protests
  15. Forceful DP needs Kindiki the pacifier, say senator’s allies

    Those who vouch for him say his collected and soft-spoken mien will complement Dr Ruto’s forceful character.

    Kithure Kindiki
  16. Running mate hopefuls: This is what we’ll do if not picked

    Presidential aspirants have until Monday to name their running mates.

    2022 running mate hopefuls
  17. Ruto decides: Is it Kindiki or Gachagua?

    DP William Ruto is expected to make the major announcement at a meeting in Karen.

    Kithure Kindiki


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