Francis Muthaura

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Ambassador Dr.

Francis Kirimi Muthaura
Chairman of the Kenya Revenue Authority
Assumed office
May 2018(Subject to Parliamentary Approval)
1st Secretary General of the East African Community1
In office
July 2000 – 2001
Preceded byNone
Succeeded byAmanya Mushega
Personal details
Born (1946-10-20) 20 October 1946 (age 72)
Meru, Kenya
Alma materUniversity of Nairobi
Professioncivil servant

Francis Kirimi Muthaura (born 20 October 1946 in Meru, Kenya) is a Kenyan former 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.

He was appointed the Chairman to the Board of the Kenyan Revenue Authority by President Uhuru Kenyatta on 25th May 2018[3]

Civil Service career[edit]

Muthaura had a long career in the Civil Service. 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.[4]


He attended Nkubu Secondary School from 1966. In 1968, he joined Nyeri High School. He attended the University of Nairobi from 1969 to 1972 and 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 was expected to become Prime Minister under the deal; the ODM angrily rejected Muthaura's interpretation.[5]

Muthaura 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.[6] He was accused of leading secret meetings in Kibaki's office, where revenge attacks against supporters of Kibaki's opposition were planned. The ICC prosecutor claimed he authorised the use of excessive force against protesters by the police.[7] He was taped by two people posing as students, who claimed he had admitted involvement in post-election violence.[8] On 11 March 2013, the charges against Muthaura were dropped by the ICC following the discrediting of a key witness.[9]

Succession table[edit]

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Secretary General of the East African Community
March 1996 – March 2001
Succeeded by
Amanya Mushega


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  2. ^ Francis Muthaura Was EAC Secretary General From 1996 to 2001
  3. ^ "Uhuru appoints Muthaura as KRA chairman, Karangi pushed out of KAA". The Star, Kenya. Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  4. ^ Daily Nation, 13 April 2003: "The Influential Young Turks Of The 60s". Archived from the original on 9 January 2004. Retrieved 21 April 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "Protests at Muthaura’s power deal talk"[permanent dead link], Daily Nation, 12 March 2008.
  6. ^ Kenya violence ‘instigators’ named IOL
  7. ^ The six men accused of inciting Kenya's post-election violence CS Monitor
  8. ^ Muthaura distances self over taped conversation on post-election chaos Standard
  9. ^ AFP (11 March 2013). "ICC drops charges against Muthaura". Daily Nation. Retrieved 2013-03-11.

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