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Former Attorney ‘forced’ to resign following his remarks before bipartisan committee 

Former Attorney General Githu Muigai resigns from a government job just days after appearing before the bipartisan committee.

Former Attorney General Githu Muigai has resigned from the Council of Legal Education.

In a resignation letter on Monday, October 2, Muigai said some of the remarks he made while appearing before the National Dialogue Committee last week made him untenable to continue serving in the council.

“I write to inform you of my decision to resign from the Council of Legal Education, effective immediately. The events of the last week have made my continued leadership of the institution untenable. As most of you know I have dedicated a very large part of my career to legal education and training and it is with a very heavy heart that I have arrived at this decision,” read the letter in part.

“I have requested the State Law Office to fill the vacancy as soon as possible to enable the institution to run seamlessly. I want to thank you all for the unconditional support you accorded me in my position as Chairman. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors,” he added.

Muigai was appointed to the council in 2021 as a nonexecutive chairperson by retired President Uhuru Kenyatta for a period of three years. 

During his presentation before the bipartisan committee, Githu Muigai proposed for the leader of the opposition to receive security briefings like the President.

He opined that the office of the leader of the opposition should be constitutionally recognized and have an official office.

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He proposed that the opposition is an equally formidable political force and should be constitutionally allowed to operate from Parliament and its leader be accorded state security and distinct privileges.

“I don’t oppose it, actually it makes politics neater. In a democracy, the opposition is a government in waiting, and therefore the opposition has shadow cabinet ministers. They should be operating in parliament shadowing other cabinet ministers,” he said.

“In a democracy, the leader of the opposition has such high-level security clearance that he is briefed the same way the President is briefed. If there are national security questions, internal and external threats, if there are visiting delegates and so on he is briefed.”

In addition, the former attorney general recommended a plan to reduce the number of constituencies as well as scrap the Woman representative position.

He also proposed scaling down the number of counties that have forced the government to make excessive expenditures.

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