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.