, NAIROBI, Kenya Jun 18 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has nominated his long time aide Njee Muturi for position of Solicitor General.
Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi made the announcement during Tuesday’s House sitting and further ordered the House Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs to carry out approval hearing for the candidate by next Wednesday.
Njee Muturi was among 16 applicants who were short listed by the Public Service Commission for the job that assists the Attorney General in his duties as principal legal adviser to the government.
The Commission had also short listed Deputy Solicitor General Muthoni Kimani, Registrar General Bernice Wanjiku Gachegu and Anti-Counterfeit Agency Executive Director and CEO Stephen Mallowah for the job.
The other short listed candidates are Jane Matoke, Tuimising Ronoh, Margaret Kaptuiya Cheboiwo, Francis Mwangi Njoroge and Alice Wanjiku Mbiyu.
Muturi, an advocate of High Court, has been a personal assistant to President Kenyatta since his days as a nominated MP in 2002.
A candidate should qualify to hold the office of judge of a superior court and meet the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution on ethics and integrity. If appointed, Muturi will serve on contract as Solicitor General for five years.
The Solicitor General is the accounting officer at the State Law Office and Department of Justice. Duties of the office holder also include organising, co-coordinating and managing the administrative and as the case may be, the legal functions of the office.
If appointed he will take over from Wanjuki Muchemi who has retired. The former Solicitor General landed a job with integrated business and technology solutions firm Seven Seas as Board Chairman.
Muchemi’s tenure as Solicitor General was extended by 12 months after the expiry of his third three-year term in May 2012. He replaced Julius Kandie who was appointed Kenya’s ambassador to Vienna in 2003.