Githu Muigai resigns, Justice Paul Kariuki nominated as AG

Prof Githu Muigai, Justice Paul Kihara Kariuki
Prof Githu Muigai who resigned as Attorney General (left) and Justice Paul Kihara Kariuki (right). FILE PHOTOS | NATION MEDIA GROUP  

Attorney General Prof Githu Muigai has resigned.

Prof Muigai will leave his State Law Office job six-and-a-half years after he took office in August 2011.

He will be replaced, if approved by the National Assembly, by President of the Court of Appeal Justice Paul Kihara Kariuki.

“I have received with regret the resignation of Attorney General Prof. Githu Muigai. I thank him for his service for the last six and a half years,” President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a tweet from his official account.

That tweet was sent out at 2.51 p.m.

“I wish to place on record, on my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Kenya, our gratitude for the committed and dedicated service that Professor Muigai has accorded to our nation over the last six and a half years that he has served in the office of Attorney General. I wish Professor Muigai all the very best in the next phase of his professional career,” a statement emailed to newsrooms later said.

No explanation was given for his resignation.

Prof Muigai took over from Amos Wako in August 2011 following the promulgation of the 2010 Constitution that required him (Mr Wako) to exit office.

Mr Wako, now the Busia County Senator, had served for two decades as the country’s top legal adviser.

Prof Muigai holds a bachelor's degree in Law from the University of Nairobi, a master's degree in International Law from Columbia University School of Law and was awarded a doctorate degree in law in November 2002.