Why Githu Muigai Has Resigned as Attorney General According to KOT

February 14, 2018

The country is still reeling from the shock resignation of Attorney General Prof Githu Muigai.

While announcing his stepping down yesterday, President Uhuru Kenyatta said he had received Muigai’s resignation with regret.

“Fellow Kenyans I have today the 13th of February 2018, received with regret the resignation of Professor Githu Muigai from the office of Attorney General effective the date of the appointment of his successor,” stated Uhuru.

The Head of State added that he has nominated Judge Paul Kihara as his replacement.

“Under the powers vested in me by Article 156(2), I have today nominated the honourable Justice Paul Kihara Kariuki to the National Assembly for approval as our next Attorney General,” a statement by Uhuru reads.

“I have also today forwarded the names of Kennedy Ogeto for the position of Solicitor-General. I have forwarded also the name of Abdikadir Hussein Mohammed as my nominee for Ambassador to South Korea.

“Mr. Njee Muturi has been appointed to the position of Deputy Chief of Staff.”

President Kenyatta further expressed his gratitude to the departing AG saying, “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.”

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

While no official reasons were given for the resignation by the time of going to press, a majority of observers believe the AG seat might have become too hot for Githu Muigai as a result of the political and legal impasse involving Raila Odinga’s swearing-in ceremony.

He had gone on record to state that the Nasa oath-plan amounts to high treason and is punishable by death.

Following the AG’s resignation, speculation was rife among Kenyans on Twitter(KOT) on the possible reasons behind the stepping down.

We have sampled the reactions below.

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