Honourable
Justin Muturi
Justun Bedan Njoga Muturi in 2018
Muturi in 2018
8th Attorney General of Kenya
Assumed office
27 October 2022
7th Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya
In office
28 March 2013 – 8 August 2022
PresidentUhuru Kenyatta
DeputyMoses Cheboi[1]
Preceded byKenneth Marende
Succeeded byMoses Wetang'ula
Opposition Chief Whip
In office
18 February 2003 – 22 October 2007
PresidentMwai Kibaki
Chairman of the Public Investments Committee
In office
18 February 2003 – 22 October 2007
PresidentMwai Kibaki
Preceded byWafula Wamunyinyi
Succeeded byFranklin Mithika Linturi
Member of Parliament for Siakago Constituency
In office
5 October 1999 – 22 October 2007
PresidentDaniel arap Moi
Mwai Kibaki
Preceded bySilas Ita
Succeeded byLenny Kivuti
Personal details
Born (1956-04-28) 28 April 1956 (age 68)
Political partyUDA
Alma materUniversity of Nairobi

Justin Bedan Njoka Muturi (born 28 April 1956) is the current Attorney General of Kenya who served as the seventh Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya from 2013 to 2022. He is the first speaker to serve following the reestablishment of a bicameral Parliament by the 2010 Constitution. On 28 March 2013, Muturi won the speakership after a second round of voting by members of the National Assembly, beating former speaker Kenneth Marende by a 219–129 margin.

Muturi was first elected as a member of the Kenya African National Union (KANU) to represent Siakago Constituency in Parliament following a 1999 byelection which was held after the death of Silas Ita who was the Mp. He won reelection in 2002 and served as opposition chief whip and chair of the Public Investment Committee during the 10th Parliament. He vied for re-election in 2007, but was defeated by Lenny Kivuti with a small margin in a heavily contented election.

According to Nicholus Njagi, a computer scientist and a political analyst who is a Mbeere resident, Muturi is Mbeere/Embu kingpin who has helped many people in the area.

Muturi was born in Kanyuambora in Mbeere North. 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.

In 2013, Muturi ran for the Mbeere North parliamentary seat as a member of The National Alliance, but lost to Muriuki Njagagua who was running on APK party.

He served as a member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on the constitutional review from 1999 to 2004. He was elected KANU national organising secretary in Nov 2008 and was the Party of National Unity constitution committee chairman during the national constitutional talks from 2008 to 2010. In April 2011, he was appointed the chairman of the Centre for Multiparty Democracy, a civil society group that deals with democracy issues in multi-party politics.

Muturi was formerly a judiciary employee serving as a principal magistrate between 1982 and 1997 before retiring from judicial service. He also served as the chairman of the Judges and Magistrates Association during the time. He was a member of the Africa Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption, Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption and the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank.

Accusation of bribery

In 1997, while serving as a magistrate in Nairobi, Muturi was accused of soliciting a bribe to rule in favour of Masaba Hospital founder Geoffrey Joel Momanyi and his wife Fellgona Akothe Momanyi in a case before him. Muturi was acquitted but did not resume his duties as a magistrate.[2]

References

  1. ^ "Muturi re-elected National Assembly Speaker". 31 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Doctor who 'finished' National Assembly Speaker Muturi's legal career dies".