List of Kenya’s Attorneys General Since Independence
How many Kenyans have served in the office of the Attorney General? Here is a list of Kenya’s attorneys general. Kenya has had eight Attorney Generals since it gained independence in 1963. The legal adviser to the government is the responsibility of the attorney general. He will also be responsible for ensuring that the rule of law is upheld, promoted, and protected.
List of Kenya’s Attorney Generals Since Independence
1. Charles Njonjo
Born in 1920, he was the first Kenyan Attorney General and the first to take office after Kenya’s independence. He was in this role for 17 years (1963-1979) before leaving to run for political office.
2. James B.Karugu
After Charles Njonjo retired, he took over as Attorney General. James B.Karugu held this position for just one year (1980-1981). He is now the Attorney General with the shortest tenure in history.
3. Joseph Kamere
In 1981, Joseph Kamere succeeded James B. Karugu as Attorney General. He served for two years (1981-1983).
4. Matthew Guy Muli
Matthew Guy Muli was Kenya’s Attorney General from 1983 to 1991.
5. Amos Wako
At the age of 45, Amos Wako became Kenya’s fifth Attorney General in 1991. He left the position in 2011 and entered politics, becoming the first Senator of Busia County in 2013. He is the current Attorney General with the longest tenure (1991-2011).
6. Githu Muigai
Githu Muigai served as Attorney General after succeeding Amos Wako from 2011 until 2018 when he resigned.
7. Paul Kihara Kariuki
He is Kenya’s most recent Attorney General. He was the President of the Court of Appeal prior to his appointment as Attorney General. He left office in 2022 after serving since 2018.
8. Justin Muturi
He is the current attorney general of Kenya who took office in October 2022 after being appointed by President Ruto. Before his appointment, he served as the speaker of The National Assembly from 2013 to 2022.
He now joins the radar as one of Kenya’s attorneys general after a successful 10-year tenure as the third in command.