Former CJ WÍlly Mutunga appointed Muslim rights group board chair

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023 12:43 | By
Former CJ Willie Mutunga appointed Muslim rights group board chair
Former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga. PHOTO/Courtesy

Former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has been appointed chairperson of the Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) Board of Directors.

In a notice on Wednesday, the lobby group said Mutunga, 75, was unanimously elected to chair its board effective March 2023.

"Muslims for Human Rights Board, Management, Staff, and Partners congratulate Prof. Willy Mutunga (Chief Justice of Kenya from 2011 to 2016) for being unanimously elected to chair the Board of Directors effective March 2023," the notice reads in part.

MUHURI said the former CJ brings to the board an immense wealth of experience, especially in the civil society and human rights sectors.

"His impressive track record of defending the constitution and the rule of law will advance MUHURI's goal of averting impunity and boosting constitutionalism in Kenya," MUHURI added.

Mutunga served as Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya between 2011 and 2016.

He is a holder of a Doctorate Degree in Jurisprudence obtained in 1992 from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto, Canada.

Mutunga obtained both his Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Master of Laws degrees from the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania in 1971 and 1974 respectively.

Willy Mutunga role in the civil service

He is credited for establishing and serving in many civil society organizations, among them the Legal Advice Centre (Kituo Cha Sheria); the Law Society of Kenya, where he served as vice-chairman from 1991 to 1993 and chairman from 1993 to 1995; the Council for Legal Education, Kenya; the Citizens Coalition for Constitutional Change (4Cs); the Kenya Human Rights Commission; the East African Centre for Constitutional Development (Kituo Cha Katiba), Uganda; and the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development (Rights and Democracy) in Montreal, Canada.

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