Paul Kihara Kariuki The man Uhuru has chosen to replace AG Prof Githu Muigai

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The Judge has been the President of the Court of Appeal.

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Justice Paul Kihara Kariuki, the new appointee to replace the outgoing AG Prof Githu Muigai, was born on May 11, 1954 in Kiambu, Kenya.

Justice Kariuki’s parents are the Late Bishop of Anglican Church Obadiah Kariuki and Lilian Wairimu the daughter of senior chief Koinange were married by Rev. Canon Samuel Nguru.

 

He is currently the President of the Court of Appeal in Kenya. He is touted as a religious man, a former Chancellor of the Anglican Church before being admitted to the bar.

Education Background

Justice Paul Kihara Kariuki attended the University of Nairobi for his Bachelor of Law Degree. He graduated in 1977.

Paul Kihara Kariuki career

  • He has served as chancellor of the Anglican Church from 1980, a position he only relinquished when he became a judge in 2001.

  • Between 1977 and 1980 he was a Legal assistant at Hamilton Harrison and Matthews in Nairobi and a partner in the same firm from 1981 to 1986.

  • He has been the Group managing director International Controls Group of Companies since 2000.

  • Justice Paul Kihara Kariuki was appointed the director of the Kenya School of Law, a position that had become vacant after previous holder, Mr Leonard Njagi, was appointed a High Court judge. Justice Kariuki served in this position only briefly as he was also appointed a judge but stayed longer in order to move the Kenya School of Law from from its Valley Road address to its present locale in Karen.

  • In October 2003. Paul Kihara Kariuki was one of the judges appointed as judges of the High Court by President Kibaki.

  • On appointment, Justice Kariuki became the duty judge at the High Court, replacing Justice Isaac Lenaola who had been appointed a member of the tribunal to investigate judges who chose to contest their removal from the bench. Justice Paul Kihara Kariuki was to hold the position of duty judge for the next two years.

  • In 2006, Chief Justice Gicheru appointed an integrity review committee and appointed Justice Justice Paul Kihara Kariuki to head this committee.

  • In 2009, the Chief Justice appointed Justice Kariuki to head the newly established Judicial Training Institute (JTI). The idea behind a dedicated institution to address the training needs of the Judiciary. This is the appointment that cost Rosemelle Mutoka, a magistrate, the same job.

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