, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 4 – Newly appointed Solicitor General Njee Muturi has formally taken over office with a promise to transform and streamline the State Law Office.
Muturi told journalists on Thursday that he will prioritise far-reaching reforms which include the digitisation of all records and making them readily available to Kenyans online.
He stated that the development of policy into law will also constitute a major part of his goals while at the State Law office.
“We need to transform the State Law office. It will be the focal point of the development of the country. I think the development of policy into law and legislation is going to be the key cornerstone,” he said.
Also the digitisation of the records and putting them online for people to accessibly get their certificates will be a focal point of this government,” he stated.
Speaking during the hand-over, outgoing Solicitor General Wanjuki Muchemi expressed confidence of Muturi’s capabilities and urged him to always consult when in doubt.
“The work of streamlining systems and make them all report to one source can be done and I am confident that you are the man to do it and I wish you well,” he said.
“I will also be available in case you feel like consulting a civilian since I have about 10 years experience at the State Law office. I think I have absorbed a lot of experience here,” he stated.
Muturi was appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta who had nominated him after Parliament gave him a clean bill of health and replaced Muchemi who retired earlier this year.
“We at the State Law office are delighted to have Mr Muturi join the chambers. He comes with a distinguished record of public service at a time when this office is involved in very important engagements with Parliament and we entertain no doubt that his capacity will be supportive of what this office is doing,” Attorney General Githu Muigai said during the function.
The AG thanked Muchemi for his hard service to the State Law office and stated that his experience would be missed.
“At the same time I want to most profusely thank the outgoing Solicitor General Mr Wanjuki Muchemi who has served in these chambers for 10 years and has overseen the transformation of the chambers in very many material respects particularly in the operations of our registries which is the interface between this office and members of the public,” he said.
“He is still very youthful enough to be very useful in other parts of our public lives and the endeavour to build our nation and we wish him well in that regard.”
Muturi was President Kenyatta’s long-time aide before being nominated for the position of Solicitor General.
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.
He is an advocate of High Court and 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.
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.