Justin Muturi

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Justin Muturi
7th Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya
Assumed office
28 March 2013
PresidentUhuru Kenyatta
DeputyMoses Cheboi[1]
Preceded byKenneth Marende
Opposition Chief Whip
In office
18 February 2003 – 22 October 2007
PresidentMwai Kibaki
Chairman of the Public Investments Committee
In office
18 February 2003 – 22 October 2007
PresidentMwai Kibaki
Preceded byWafula Wamunyinyi
Succeeded byFranklin Mithika Linturi
Member of Parliament for Siakago Constituency
In office
5 October 1999 – 22 October 2007
PresidentDaniel arap Moi
Mwai Kibaki
Preceded bySilas Ita
Succeeded byLenny Kivuti
Personal details
Born (1956-04-28) 28 April 1956 (age 62)
NationalityKenyan
Political partyTNA
Alma materUniversity of Nairobi

Justin Bedan Njoka Muturi (popularly known as JB) (born 28 April 1956) is the seventh Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya, in office since 2013. He is the first Speaker to serve following the reestablishment of a bicameral Parliament, as mandated by the 2010 Constitution. On 28 March 2013, Muturi won the speakership after a second round of voting by Members of the National Assembly, beating former speaker Kenneth Marende by a 219–129 margin.

Muturi was first elected as a member of the Kenya African National Union to represent Siakago Constituency in Parliament following a 1999 byelection. He won reelection in 2002 and served as opposition chief whip and chair of the Public Investment Committee during the 10th Parliament. He vied for reelection in 2007, but was defeated by Lenny Kivuti.

In 2013, Muturi ran for the Mbeere North parliamentary seat as a member of The National Alliance party, but lost to Muriuki Njagagua.

He served as a member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on the constitutional review from 1999 to 2004. He was elected KANU National Organising Secretary in Nov 2008 and was the PNU constitution committee chairman during the national constitutional talks from 2008–2010. In April 2011, he was appointed the chairman of the Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD), a civil society group that deals with democracy issues in multi-party politics.

Muturi was formerly a judiciary employee serving as a principal magistrate between 1982 and 1997 before retiring from judicial service. He also served as the chairman the Judges and Magistrates Association during the time. He was a member of the Africa Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption, Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption and the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank.

References[edit]

  • Speaker Justin Muturi official site for the Speaker's Office
  • Wafula, Caroline (28 March 2013). "A promise to uphold dignity of the House". Daily Nation. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  • "Muturi elected Speaker of National Assembly". The Standard. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  • "Kenya National Assembly Official Record (Hansard)" (Parliamentary Debate). Parliament of Kenya. 5 October 1999. p. 1699. Retrieved 18 May 2013.