Dr. Willy Mutunga: Kenya’s New Chief Justice?

Daktari Mutunga, has outsmarted nine other candidates to emerge the favorite candidate for the post of Chief Justice. If legal pundits’ predictions are anything to bank on, The Kenyan Judiciary could be headed for a major landmark. A radical lawyer, with a history of taking on authorities on matters he considers constitutional, institutional and social reforms, Dr. Mutunga has been touted by his peers in the civil society as the best broom to sweep the alleged rot in the Judiciary in the new constitutional dispensation. His critics though, particularly those from the corridors of justice, claim he is an outsider, with no judicial experience and who would paint the institution with activism, as opposed to practical reforms

Dr. Mutunga’s Brief Professional Bio

Willy joined the Ford Foundation in 2004 as a human rights program officer before being appointed representative in 2009. Previously, he was executive director of the Kenya Human Rights Commission; from 1975 to 1998 he held increasingly responsible positions with various civil society organizations in Kenya.
Willy is a board member of the Human Rights Center at the Law School of the State University of New York at Buffalo and also vice chairman of the board of trustees of MWENGO, an advocacy organization for nongovernmental organizations working in East, Central and Southern Africa. He is a former board member of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development in Montreal. He has also been a consultant, and has written for or edited numerous human rights and civil society publications.

Willy has a D. Jur degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, and an LL.B. and LL.M. from the University of Dar es Salaam. He is a Senior Counsel and Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.

His moral credentials have been put on the spotlight especially the stud he proudly dons with sections of critics claiming he is gay. Sexual deviancy in Kenya is a big issue and time will tell how he will be received by the general populace. Personally, we never asked whether he was straight or not when he crashed with the police fighting for political liberalization on the streets of Nairobi. May merit and excellence drive us, not assumptions and rumours!

All that remains is for the president to officially consult the Prime Minister and Dr. Mutunga will be at the helm of Judiciary in Kenya.

Watch this for a Bio Video.

I wish him all the best.

23 comments
  1. Mike said:

    So what is the big issue with his sex orientation, was it part of the requirements for the interview? No. Lets have Willy

  2. Ali katello said:

    Many are called, few are choosen.i have no doubt he will deliver Ali Katello , north-horr

  3. Erick Ochieng said:

    willy i support you. The process was transparent.

  4. Philip Momanyi said:

    I respect Willy so much and I have no doubt that given the opportunity he will deliver, no wonder the Kanu orphans are scared. However, perceptions are very important in a conservative society like Kenya. Is Willy married, maybe this will water down some of the notions developing among the public.

  5. Let us not waste time on petty issues like ear stud.What is the impact of a stud in dispensing Law?
    Give Mutunga chance without any interference
    Agalo Abik

  6. Husain said:

    I dont care his credentials a gay man for CJ from American universities just fill in the gaps it is really unfortunate for kenya.

  7. jon bosco said:

    10 years ago I was told Kenya will legalise gay rights. I objected strongly. Today it is a reality. Law and moral realities make strange bedfellows, and it worries me how fast we are embracing disgusting western values such as gay rights. I have no doubts that soon, we will legalise marriages between ‘Adam & Steve’ and then what next? They will have a right to adopt children and create ‘family’. Dont try and persuade me that those kids will grow up to be ‘normal’ responsible citizens. On Willy? If at all he is gay he falls flat on his face from a moral perspective and, in my view, morals carry the day, NOT law.

    • Karanja Kimani said:

      Any society MUST be founded on morality. It beats common sense when we say law is superior to morality. Today I learned from his interview that he has been divorced twice and that only screams that something is very wrong!

  8. grace wangechi said:

    Dr. mutunga is the only person who can reform the judiciary in Kenya. He cannot take a bribe. This is one person who cannot even take a house in Muthaiga Nairobi as a bribe. He has been in detention. He knows well that people who are in jail are only the poor who cannot afford a bribe to secure freedom. Dr. mutunga is principled. He knows Christianity is not the only religion. Dr. mutunga is a true African man. He maintains the African religion.The people who are complaining could consult the theologians. All this rubbish you hear about Christianity is irrelevant to us Africans. Let Dr. mutunga work and you should not use any kind of religion to vet any candidate willing to develop this country. what could you have used to vet him if Christianity did not reach Africa?.The many people who are lobbying to remove him including some Christians have very bad records. some we know very well.They are just fearing because Dr. mutunga is transparent in his work. Long live Dr. mutunga. Kenyan need services not your personal live. We are not looking for a Bishop. In future we need you in our universities to teach African Traditional Religion. God bless Mutunga as we look forward to seeing you being the C.J.

  9. grace wangechi said:

    Dr. mutunga is the only person who can reform the judiciary in Kenya. He cannot take a bribe. This is one person who cannot even take a house in Muthaiga Nairobi as a bribe. He has been in detention. He knows well that people who are in jail are only the poor who cannot afford a bribe to secure freedom. Dr. mutunga is principled. He knows Christianity is not the only religion. Dr. mutunga is a true African man. He maintains the African religion.The people who are complaining could consult the theologians. All this rubbish you hear about Christianity is irrelevant to us Africans. Let Dr. mutunga work and you should not use any kind of religion to vet any candidate willing to develop this country. what could you have used to vet him if Christianity did not reach Africa?.The many people who are lobbying to remove him including some Christians have very bad records. some we know very well.They are just fearing because Dr. mutunga is transparent in his work. Long live Dr. mutunga. Kenyan need services not your personal live. We are not looking for a Bishop. In future we need you in our universities to teach African Traditional Religion. God bless Mutunga as we look forward to seeing you being the C.J.

    grace wangechi . Theologian.

  10. muyawamakindu said:

    i fully support mutunga in his new appointment…God bless mutunga to liberate kenyans from poor judicial systems..Amen.

  11. kennedy omondi said:

    kudos Dr. willy for having emerged first among equals we as Kenyans with clear conscience we strongly believe that you are competent and that your credibility is undisputed ,impeccable and or irrefutable and completely immaculate.We as common wananchi are absolutely sure that all political misrule, all level of grafts and corruption
    that have maligned and polarized the country due to the then incompetent judiciary which has been characterized
    by favoritism, brothernization and nepotism and even ethnocentric ideologies are going to be vehemently fought
    and that by the end of it all we all will celebrate a new dawn for Kenya

  12. Anonymous said:

    Dr. ajust like your style not only your dressing but also confident ,strictness on your work ndo hawa watu that oow kenya ili walipe ushuru your honuor pliz we are suffering coz of those mischief guys who are after taking adverntage of the situation and enrich themselves .Can you pliz have tough eye on those silent criminals so called mps.Good lucky your honuor God bless you and bless kenya.

  13. peter nyambati said:

    KE
    i think kenyans must celebrate the appointment of mutunga cse this is the man to b!

  14. Dr.willy u stand before as not as a prophet but as a humble servant of the people.we know ur tireless efforts and heroic sacrifices will make it possible for cu to be the new chief justice.therefore we place the remaining term in your hands “mutunga”

  15. First and foremost I would like to Congratulate Dr.Willy Mutunga for a brilliant job.
    I belive that Kenya has already started being a truthful counrty. With a new Cheif Justice everything will be okay
    welcome on boeard.

  16. philip said:

    is this marriage bill a blow to this institution?

  17. Charles Kariuki said:

    Your Honour please make as a matter of urgency a country wide tour to your courts and meet the judicial officers and legal practitioners to share with them your experience as they in turn share with you their own. This will widen your reform horizons as you continue to reform judiciary.
    Charles Kariuki
    Chair MT kenya LSK

  18. Anonymous said:

    how did you manage in the school of law after going to all those universities abroad was it a challenge. tell me something small about patience in law.

  19. how did you manage in the school of law after going to all those universities abroad was it a challenge. tell me something small about patience in law.

  20. Gideon said:

    Congratulatios to Kenyana for having the rigth person Hon Willy Mutunga as CJ. Tanzania shiuls learn from Kenya instead of appointing stupid CCM wallots.

  21. Anonymous said:

    hi
    i must first congratulate you for failing to deliver the correct judgment and secondly judiciary is not measured in terms of time. justice is justice even if its delivered in the middle of the night. you have failed the test of your time.don’t serve the interest of a few who wants to retain the status of qua.

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