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Former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga launches another book

By Wangu Kanuri December 15th, 2022 2 min read

Former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has launched another book that tells the story of Kenya’s long democracy struggle told by a pro-democracy activist.

The book titled Cabral Pinto features a broad variety of themes ranging from exhortations for an alternative leadership that would deliver a human rights state.

The book title is inspired by the name he used between 2006 and 2011 when he wrote a weekly column in the Saturday Nation.

Cabral Pinto is a combination of the surnames of the two African ideologues he greatly admired which the 146 articles in the volume selected.

The retired CJ has over the years blazed the trail in starting many important public conversations about remaking Kenya and the wider world into a better society.

“As a public intellectual, he has consistently challenged convenient stereotypes in an effort to bring down the social barriers erected by fear and ignorance and led in persuading individuals and communities to re-examine widely held prejudices and to start difficult dialogues,” read the book description.

Known for wearing his stud on one ear, Mutunga shared that the earring that many associated with women was a source of ancestral inspiration and not related to his sexuality.

With debates about him removing the earring being strongly discussed, Mutunga said, “There is no way I can remove this earring even if I become the chief justice. If I’m told I must remove it to get the job of the Chief Justice, I will say keep your job.”

Having been strongly criticized especially by the church because of his stance on gays and lesbians, Mutunga despite his announcement that he was not a member of the homosexual society, wrote articles defending gay rights and “Africanizing homosexuality” in Kenya and the region.

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