Francis Muthaura

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Ambassador Dr.
Francis Kirimi Muthaura
Former Cabinet Secretary and head of Civil Service
In office
Feb 2003 – Feb 2012
Preceded by None
1st Secretary General of the East African Community1
In office
July 2000 – 2001
Preceded by None
Succeeded by Amanya Mushega
Personal details
Born (1946-10-20) 20 October 1946 (age 68)
Meru, Kenya
Nationality Kenyan
Alma mater University of Nairobi
Occupation Retired
Profession civil servant

Francis Kirimi Muthaura (born 20 October 1946 in Meru, Kenya) is a former Kenyan civil servant and close ally of former President Mwai Kibaki. He is the former Head of Civil Service and Secretary to the Cabinet.[1]

From 14 March 1996 to 24 April 2001 he was the Secretary General of the East African Community.[2] Previously, he held several ambassadorial positions under the rule of former president Daniel arap Moi.

Civil Service career[edit]

Muthaura has had a long career in the Civil Service. Straight after leaving the University of Nairobi in 1972, he was appointed the District Commissioner of Mombasa District, a position he held until 1973. He was then appointed an Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.[3]

Education[edit]

He attended Nkubu Secondary School from 1966. In 1968, he joined Nyeri High School. He attended the University of Nairobi from 1969 to 1972 where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Economics and Political Science. He also has a Diploma in International Relations, also from the University of Nairobi. He was later appointed Secretary to the cabinet in 2005.

2007 elections[edit]

In March 2008, following an agreement between the government and opposition to establish a coalition government to end a political crisis, Muthaura stirred controversy by saying that Kibaki would remain both head of state and head of government. This interpretation of the agreement would mean less power than the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) had anticipated for its leader, Raila Odinga, who is expected to become Prime Minister under the deal; the ODM angrily rejected Muthaura's interpretation.[4]

Francis has been named as an instigator of Post-election violence in 2007 – 2008 and was named among six suspects to be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court.[5] He is accused of leading secret meetings in Kibaki's office, where revenge attacks against supporters of Kibaki's opposition were planned. The ICC prosecutor claims he authorised the use of excessive force against protesters by the police.[6] He was taped by two people posing as students, who claimed he had admitted involvement in post-election violence.[7] On 11 March 2013, the charges against Muthaura were dropped by the ICC following the discrediting of a key witness.[8]

Succession table[edit]

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
None
as Secretary General of the East African Community
Secretary General of the East African Community
as Secretary General

March 1996 – March 2001
Vacant
Title next held by
Amanya Mushega
as Secretary General

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