Former CJ Willy Mutunga appointed Muhuri board chair
Former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has been appointed the chairman of Muslims for Human Rights (Muhuri) Board.
“Muhuri’s management, staff and partners congratulate Dr Mutunga (Chief Justice of Kenya from 2011 to 2016) for being unanimously elected to chair the Board of Directors effective March 2023,” Muhuri said in a notice.
The notice further said that Dr Mutunga has an immense wealth of experience, especially in civil society and human rights sector.
Muhuri further said Dr Mutunga’s impressive track record of defending the constitution and the rule of law will advance the organisation’s goal of averting impunity and boosting constitutionalism in Kenya.”
Dr Mutunga is a Kenyan lawyer, intellectual, reform activist and was the Commonwealth special envoy to Maldives. He is an active member of the Justice Leadership Group.
In 1983, Dr Mutunga went into exile in Canada where he joined a group of Kenyan students who had equally been exiled. Dr Mutunga was exiled alongside Mr Kiraitu Murungi and Mr Maina Kiai.
He obtained a Doctorate of Law from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and it is at that time that he worked with others and they launched the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC). In 1992, KHRC, which was based abroad, relocated to Kenya and was registered in March 1994.
It is in the same year that Dr Mutunga joined a group of pro-democracy young champions which included opposition leader Raila Odinga, Paul Muite, James Orengo and Gitobu Imanyara.