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Justin Muturi: Education, judicial career, politics, salary and net worth

Saturday, May 14th, 2022 15:00 | By
National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi. PHOTO/Courtesy
National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi. PHOTO/Courtesy

Also known as JB, Justin Bedan Njoka Muturi is a Kenyan politician currently serving as the Speaker of the National Assembly.

He has held the position since 2013 when President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto assumed office.

Muturi was born on April 28, 1956, in Mbeere North, Embu County.

Education

Muturi studied at Kangaru Boys’ High School before joining the Nairobi School of Law in 1978 and graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree in 1981.

He later went to Kenya School of Law for a Post Graduate Diploma in Law shortly before he was admitted to the bar in 1982.

Judicial career

Muturi served as a Principal Magistrate between 1982 and 1997 when he retired following bribery and corruption claims.

He was accused of receiving a Ksh1 million bribe from Masaba Hospital founder Dr Godfrey Momanyi and his wife Felgone Akoth in order to influence a case that had been arraigned before him on July 28, 1995.

Masaba Hospital had been dragged to court for defrauding the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) Ksh347,000.

He also served as the chairman of the Judges and Magistrates Association before his retirement.

Political career

After resigning from the judicial service, Muturi worked for the then Siakago MP, Cyrus Ita as his chief campaigner and strategist.

Unfortunately, Ita passed away in 1999 and following a by-election Muturi was elected as the new Siakago MP on a KANU ticket.

He won the re-election in 2002 and served as opposition chief whip and chair of the Public Investment Committee during the 10th Parliament.

He vied again in 2007 but was defeated by Lenny Kivuti.

Later on, in 2013, Muturi contested for the Mbeere North parliamentary seat as a member of The National Alliance (TNA) party but lost to Muriuki Njagagua.

Also, he served as a member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on the constitutional review from 1999 to 2004.

Muturi was elected KANU National Organising Secretary in November 2008 and was the PNU 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 (CMD), a civil society group that deals with democracy issues in multi-party politics.

In April 2022, Muturi joined the Kenya Kwanza coalition which is led by Deputy President William Ruto and ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi.

He is among politicians considered the best fit for the running mate position in the August 9 polls.

Justin Muturi as the Speaker of the National Assembly

Muturi is the seventh Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya.

Notably, he is the first Speaker to serve in the National Assembly following the reestablishment of a bicameral Parliament, as mandated by the 2010 Constitution.

Muturi won the speakership in March 2013 after the second round of voting by Members of the National Assembly.

He beat former speaker Kenneth Marende by a 219 – 129 margin to secure the post.

Justin Muturi net worth

Through a social media engagement forum in November 2021, Muturi announced publicly that he is a multi-millionaire, having amassed wealth amounting to Ksh300 million.

He acquired his wealth through bank loans and then channelled the funds to run other businesses that made him a millionaire.

Muturi added that his monthly salary contributed a lot to him getting the wealth he has. The National Assembly Speaker has been in the civil service for 36 years.

Justin Muturi salary

According to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), the Speaker of the National Assembly earns a monthly gross income of Ksh1.2 million.

The aforementioned amount is minus allowances which are normally given annually.

As such, Muturi is entitled to a car loan of up to Ksh7 million.

He can also apply for a mortgage loan of up to Ksh20 million repaid with a low interest of 3%.

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