NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 27- Born in 1948 in Mbooni, Makueni District Mutula Kilonzo studied at the University of Dar es Salam where he was the first in the region to graduate with a First Class Honours Degree in Law in 1974 before joining Kenya School of Law in 1975.
Kilonzo started his career as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya where he began spreading his roots to emerge as a top lawyer in the country.
He represented Kenya’s second President Daniel arap Moi.
Kilonzo made his entry to Parliament in 2003 when he was nominated as MP by Moi’s KANU under the then Chairman Uhuru Kenyatta which lost to former President Mwai Kibaki.
He was later elected as Mbooni MP in 2007 elections.
After the 2007 election, he played an important role in the mediation of Kenya’s National Accord which led to the establishment of a coalition government between former President Mwai Kibaki and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
Kilonzo represented Kibaki’s Party of National Unity.
He joined the Kibaki government to serve as the first Nairobi Metropolitan Development Minister in the coalition government before he was appointed as Minister in charge of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs.
Before the 2013 General Election Kilonzo served as the Education Minister.
The Senior Counsel who served as Chairman of the Law Society of Kenya from 1983 to1985 grew in his legal career to make a name in the law profession.
Kilonzo’s leadership did not go unnoticed in the ministries he served.
When he held the Justice Ministry he was vocal that Kenya had to cooperate with the International Criminal Court since Parliament had refused to pass a bill calling for the establishment of a local tribunal.
During his service in the Education Ministry, he caused a stir when he advocated for school girls to wear above-knee skirts.
Kilonzo was a force who together with former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka ditched the longstanding political affiliation with the Party of National Unity to join its main rival former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and formed Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD).
He won the Makueni Senatorial race though CORD lost in the March 2013 General Election.
With massive support for elected members of the CORD to step down for Kalonzo, Kilonzo was of different opinion.
He said it was absurd for someone elected to step down for Kalonzo.
He will be remembered for his stern and decisive positions he took.
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