, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 15 – The Head of Civil Service and Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Muthaura, a career civil servant and diplomat, was appointed to his current post in February 2003, soon after the Kibaki-led Narc regime dislodged KANU from power in the historic December 2002 General Election.
He is considered to be a close ally of President Mwai Kibaki.
From March 14, 1996 to April 24, 2001 he was the Secretary General of the East African Community. Previously, he held several ambassadorial positions under former President Daniel arap Moi.
The Civil Service boss is believed to be on Ocampo’s list as a result of reported meetings which took place at State House. According to the Commission of Inquiry into Post-Election Violence (CIPEV) or popularly known as the Waki Report which Ocampo is said have heavily relied upon, the State House secret meetings were used to plan revenge attacks in parts of the Rift Valley.
The pre-trial judges quoted the CIPEV Report on alleged reprisal killings in Naivasha having been reportedly planned at State House and at a Nairobi hotel by Central Kenya leaders.
Page 121 and 122 of the report states: "The Commission received credible evidence to the effect that the violence in Naivasha between the 27th and the 30th of January 2008 was pre-planned and executed by Mungiki members who received the support of Naivasha political and business leaders."
Waki went on: "The Commission has also evidence that Government and political leaders in Nairobi, including key office holders at the highest level of government may have directly participated in the preparation of the attacks. Central to that planning was two meetings held in State House and a city hotel in the run up to the election with the involvement of senior members of the Government and other prominent Kikuyu personalities."
Mr Muthaura holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics and Political Science and a Diploma in International Relations from the University of Nairobi.
Mr Muthaura has had a long career in the Civil Service. Straight after leaving the University of Nairobi in 1972, he was appointed the District Commissioner for Mombasa, a position he held until 1973. He was then appointed an Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He has also been Kenya’s Ambassador to Belgium, Luxemburg and European Community, Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), New York as well as Secretary General of the East African Cooperation.
He has served as the PS in the Ministry of Transport and Communication, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and Provincial Administration and National Security in the Office of the President (OP).