NAIROBI, Kenya, May 27 – The Public Service Commission has invited applications for the position of Solicitor General after Wanjuki Muchemi’s contract expired last week.
A statement from the State Law Office clarified that Muchemi had not resigned from office as had been reported in a section of the media but that his contract had expired on May 17, 2013 and was only holding office to allow for smooth transition.
“Muchemi had two five-year contracts during president Kibaki’s leadership and the second one ended in December 2012 but it was decided him and a few other Permanent Secretaries who were over 60 years of age serve until May 17, 2013 to allow the next government appointee take office and thus smooth transition,” said the brief statement from the Office of the Attorney General.
Following the vacancy, the PSC, which is the employer of civil servants, has asked interested persons to send their applications on or before Monday June 3, 2013.
The PSC says applicants for the vacancy must be qualified to hold the office of Judge of a superior court under the Constitution and also meets the requirement of the Chapter Six of the Constitution which touches on Integrity and Ethics.
The Solicitor General who is the accounting officer at the Office of the Attorney General and Department of Justice will be expected to serve on a contract for a period of five years.
The Solicitor General duties includes assisting the Attorney General in the performance of his duties as Principal Legal Adviser to the Government; Organising, co-coordinating and managing the administrative and as the case may be, the legal functions of the State law Office.
Other functions of the SG include assisting in formulation of legal policy and ensuring proper administration of Kenya’s Legal System including professional legal education.
Formulating and ensuring implementation of development strategies for Government Legal Services.
The successful applicant will also be charged with ensuring preparation of Cabinet Papers and Memoranda and taking follow-up action on Cabinet decisions, as well as representing government in constitutional and major litigation cases and dealing with complaints touching on professional ethics and practice.
According to the PSC statement, the SG will also undertake any such other duties as may be conferred by specific statutes or otherwise assigned to him by the AG.