Kithure Kindiki Biography
Kithure Kindiki (Prof. Abraham Kithure Kindiki) was born in 1973 in Irunduni village in Mukothima Ward in Tharaka Nithi County. He is currently the senator for Tharaka Nithi county and the Leader of majority in the senate.
Prof. Kithure Kindiki education background
2002 : Undergraduate student at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, PhD in International Law.
2000 : Graduated from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, Masters of Laws (LLM) in International Human Rights Law and Democracy.
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1994 – 1998 : Undergraduate student at Moi University, Kenya; Degree in Law.
He attended Lenana School ( formerly the Duke of York School) for his secondary education.
Kithure Kindiki Political Positions
Current Political Positions
Started 11th March 2013 : Senator for Tharaka-Nithi of Senate
Started 13th February 2013 : Coalition Member of Jubilee Alliance
Started 8th February 2013 : Member of The National Alliance (TNA)
Previous Political Position
8th February 2013 → 4th March 2013 : Aspirant Senator for Tharaka-Nithi
Prof. Kithure Kindiki political Career
Prof. Kithure Kindiki says the first propulsion to active politics was in 2008. “It was while we were tabling the National Cohesion and Integration Bill which gave birth to the National Cohesion and Integration Commission that Mr Ruto walked to where we were sitting and told me: “Congratulations on your appointment, but I think you are in the wrong place
You will serve this country better if you join politics.” Then they parted ways.
In 2011, William Ruto enjoined Prof. Kindiki as one of his Lawyers for his ICC cases. This catapulted Kindiki to the political limelight and national fame because of the publicity the case attracted.
Prof Kindiki had been expected to vie for the Tharaka parliamentary seat in 2013, but his driving ambition led him to the Senate. Area MP Mburi Muiru had received praise from constituents for improving education standards so Prof Kindiki decided to support him for a second term while he went for the Senate seat.
The need for regional balancing further favoured him. Tharaka Nithi is basically divided into two: the agriculturally rich zones Maara and Chuka-Igambang’ombe constituencies and the drier Tharaka Constituency.
With the strong gubernatorial candidates, TNA’s Samuel Ragwa (the eventual winner) and APK’s Petkay Miriti coming from Maara and Chuka-Igambang’ombe respectively, natural justice suggested the senator ought to have come from the lower side. He easily defeated APK’s Kaburu Njeru.
But party intrigues bothered him. He was torn between The National Alliance and the United Republican Party which had both seconded him to the technical team during the negotiations that gave birth to the Jubilee coalition. He settled on TNA.
Kithure Kindiki Job History
- In April, 2008, He had been appointed Secretary of Cohesion in the Justice Ministry at a salary of Ksh. 500,000, but complained there was no political will to address the huge challenges facing the country at the time, including the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons. He resigned from the job “as a matter of principle” after only 100 days in office and went back to lecture at the University of Nairobi.
- Member of Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS)
- Consultant of h e United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
- October 2000 – March 2001 : 2000 (October) to 2001 (March): Resettlement Consultant, Legal Unit/ Division of International Protection, UNHCR, Branch Office for South Africa, Pretoria. The functions of this post was to carry out legal protection work on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa. It involves refugee status determination, advising refugees and asylum seekers on their rights under national and international law and recommending durable solutions for them on a case-by-case basis.
- Consultant of The United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
- Started January 2006: Head, Department of Public Law & Senior Lecturer of International Law, University of Nairobi.
- 2004 → 2005 : Lecturer of Law, University of Nairobi
- 1999 → 2003 : Lecturer of Law, Moi University, Kenya. Teaching Undergraduate Law students the following courses: Public International Law, Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Dispute Resolution.
Kithure Kindiki Membership
- Member of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS)
- Member of Law Society of Kenya (LSK)
- Member of International Commission of Jurists (Kenya Chapter) (ICJ-K)
- Member of International Association on the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM),
Kithure Kindiki Family
Kithure Kindiki’s mother is a Methodist cleric and a housewife. She lives in Irunduni village Tharaka Nithi County. He has nine siblings and all of them have attained at least a Master’s degree. His elder brother, Prof Nyagah Kindiki is a professor in Moi University.
Kithure Kindiki is married to Joyce (in early 2001) who is a university lecturer.They are blessed with two children
Prof. Kithure Kindiki age
As at 2016 Kithure Kindiki is 43 years old.
Kithure Kindiki Contacts
Telephone: +254 (0)20 340856/8/9, 0788380903