Nic Hailey receives copy of 2010 Kenyan Constitution from Willy Mutunga

Nic Hailey with Doctor Willy Mutunga
Nic Hailey receives a copy of the Kenyan Constitution from Dr Willy Mutunga. Photo: Twitter/WMutunga

The United Kingdom High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey today met with the Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya, Doctor Willy Munyoki Mutunga where he was presented with a copy of the 2010 Kenyan Constitution.

Willy Mutunga was born in 1947 and is a Kenyan lawyer, intellectual, reform activist and an active member of the Justice Leadership Group. Since June 2011, he has been the Chief Justice of Kenya and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya.

The son of a tailor from a small town in Kitui County, he was educated at Ithookwe Primary School before attending Kitui School for his Kenya Certificate of Education exams.

He was the first student to score six points in the exams (an “A” in all subjects), which earned him a place at the Strathmore College for his A-levels.

Mutunga received a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi in the 1970s and a Master of Laws from the University of Dar es Salaam before joining the law faculty at the University of Nairobi as a lecturer, becoming the first indigenous Kenyan to teach constitutional law at the university level.In the late 1980s, he received his Doctorate of Laws from the Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto.

On 13 May 2011, the Judicial Service Commission of Kenya recommended to President Mwai Kibaki that he appoint Mutunga as chief justice of Kenya. After consulting with Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Kibaki made the appointment, and the National Assembly approved it on 15 June 2011. He was sworn into office on 20 June 2011 but because of Kenya’s mandatory retirement age of 70, he must leave office no later than 16 June 2017.

Doctor Mutunga said the pair had a “good conversation” and later the High Commissioner represented the UK at today’s memorial event.