Amos Wako

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Amos Wako
Wako (1984)
Member of the Kenyan Senate
Assumed office
28 March 2013
ConstituencyBusia County
4th Attorney General of Kenya
In office
13 May 1991 – 26 August 2011
Appointed byDaniel arap Moi
Preceded byMathew Guy Muli
Succeeded byGithu Muigai
Personal details
Born (1946-07-31) 31 July 1946 (age 75)
Kenya Colony
Political partyODM
Spouse(s)Philomena Mbete Mwilu
Alma materUDSM (LLB)
Uni. of London (BSc), (LLM)

Amos Wako (born 31 July 1945) is a former Attorney General of Kenya and the first senator for Busia county in Western province of Kenya from 2013 to 2017. Wako won the senatorial seat after defeating former minister of finance Chris Okemo. He won the senator seat on an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) being led by Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

A lawyer by profession Amos Wako served as the Attorney General of the republic of Kenya for 20 years (from 13 May 1991 to 26 August 2011). during his reign as the attorney general Wako was an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, a member of the International Commission of Jurists, Member Council of Legal Education, was a Member Council of International Bar Association. Legal Advisor to Young men Christian Association (Y.M.C.A.) and Kenya Boy Scouts Association. Member Faculty Board of Law, University of Nairobi Member, O.A.U. Committee of experts on the O.A.U. charter Review Committee and African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights. In 1977 Wako was Awarded fellow International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and 1978 he was Honoured as a life member of Wiltshire Bar Association

Wako was born in Kenya. He was educated at Kakamega School,[1] and the Alliance High School and earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics at the University of London, a Bachelor of Laws at the University College of Dar es Salaam, and a Master of Laws at the University of London. He served in several professional organizations, including holding the position of Secretary General of the African Bar Association from 1978 to 1980, and as the first secretary general of the Inter-African Union of Lawyers. He is a member of the Faculty Board of Law at the University of Nairobi. Between 1985 and 1992, he was a member of the UN Human Rights Committee. He worked for Kaplan & Stratton from March 1969 and became a Partner from April 1972 to May 1991 when he was appointed Attorney General. Wako served as LSK chairman from 1979 to 1981. He was also held numerous positions in regional and global bodies dealing with constitutional and governance affairs.

Amos Wako has been the Attorney General at a historic and transitional period in the history of Kenya. Some of the matters dealt with are:

Oversaw the transition from one party state to a multiparty democracy (December 1991) and from one Government to another through a free and fair election in which the ruling (KANU) was defeated by the opposition (NARC) (December 2002). Piloted through Parliament the necessary Constitutional amendments and legislation including providing for a multi-party democratic State and setting up of an independent Electoral Commission. Chaired National Constitutional Conferences consisting of Members of Parliament, religious leaders and representatives of the civil society. Member of the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission.

Drafted the proposed new Constitution of Kenya based on the Constitution of Kenya Bill as drafted by the National Constitutional Conference and as amended by Parliament. This was Draft constitution was nicknamed "the Wako Draft", but failed miserably at the 2005 Kenyan constitutional referendum.

He kept his position as Attorney General through the transition from Daniel arap Moi to Mwai Kibaki. He is dealing with the Goldenberg scandal, a long-running corruption scandal that has lasted his entire time as Attorney General.

In October 2009 he was given a travel ban by the USA for 'deliberately blocking political reforms' following post-poll violence in 2008. Mr Amos Wako left the State Law Office on 26 August 2011 as per the new constitution which demanded him to leave office One year after its promulgation. He is Succeeded by Prof Githu Muigai.[2][3] He joined the Orange Democratic Movement, on whose ticket he will contest the Busia senate seat in the 4 March General Election.[4]

On 18 November 2019, the US State Department announced that Amos Wako, his wife and child were barred for travel to the US due to significant corruption.[5]

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  1. ^ "Old boys". Kakamega high Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  2. ^ Banned Kenya official 'to sue US' BBC
  3. ^ Kenya rally halted after day of battles M&G
  4. ^ "Wako joins ODM, to run for Busia senate seat".
  5. ^ "Public Designation, Due to Involvement in Significant Corruption, of Kenya's Former Attorney General Amos Sitswila Wako". United States Department of State. Retrieved 18 November 2019.