Paul Muite Biography
Paul Muite (Paul Kibugi Muite) was born on 18th April 1945. He is a Kenyan lawyer and politician. He served as the member of parliament for Kabete Constituency. During the 2013 general election he was a presidential aspirant.
Paul Muite Education Background
Paul Muite attended Kanyariri Primary School for his primary education and later joined Thika High school for his secondary education. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nairobi and a higher diploma in Law from Kenya School of Law.
Paul Muite Political Career
In 1982 he was involved in the removal of single party dictatorship established by the Kenya African National Union. He served as vicechairman of the Forum for the Restoration of Democracy – Kenya while it was under the tutelage of Oginga Odinga and is the founding chairman of the Safina party of Kenya. During his period as a member of parliament he served as Chair of the key Parliamentary Committee on Administration of
Justice and Legal Affairs and Chair, Parliamentary Select Committee on Constitutional Affairs.
Paul Muite Political Career
- Ended 2013: Aspirant President of Kenya.
- 2003 – 2007: Member of Parliament for Kikuyu constituency.
- 1997 – 2002: Member of Parliament for Kikuyu constituency.
- 1992 – 1997: Member of Parliament for Kikuyu constituency.
- 1992 – 1997: Vice Chair for Ford Kenya, Kikuyu constituency.
- Started 1997: Member of Safina Party Of Kenya.
- Started 1997: Chairman of Safina Party Of Kenya,Kikuyu constituency.
Paul Muite Career in Law
He is the founding partner of Waruhiu and Muite Advocates
Paul Muite Family
Paul Muite is married to Dr Edith Ndeto Muite and they have three children.
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Paul Muite – Jurist Awards
Veteran lawyer Paul Muite is the winner of the Jurist of the Year award. Mr Muite, a senior counsel, was feted by the local chapter of the International Commission of Jurists at a Nairobi hotel on Friday night.
While accepting the honour, Mr Muite revisited the struggle for democratic space and said nobody could return the country to the dark old days.
“Every time we move two steps forward, we make one backwards. But all is not lost. We have the will to transform into an inclusive social, economic and political society,” he said.
ATTEMPTS TO SILENCE CIVIL SOCIETY
He took a swipe at those attempting to silence the civil society, and asked the government to empower the groups through a framework of promoting democracy.
The ceremony coincided with the United Nations International Human Rights Day, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution Chairman Charles Nyachae was the chief guest.
He admitted that implementation of the law was slow and that some government officials lacked commitment.
“It is five years since we passed the Constitution but are we where its framers wanted us to be? Kenya has one of the world’s most progressive constitutions but our problem is adhering to the law. We should ask ourselves where we went wrong,” Mr Nyachae said.
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DEFENDER OF HUMAN RIGHTS
ICJ chief executive Samuel Muhonyi said Mr Muite was recognised for distinguishing himself as a courageous defender of the Bill of Rights and contributing to the development of laws that gave birth to the Constitution.
“ICJ Kenya salutes his career and hopes to bring attention to the value of the courage, boldness and expertise he epitomises. The cases he argues profile style, commitment and courage. It is this moral clarity that would trigger and signal a defining moment in the country’s transition to democratisation,” Mr Muhonyi said.
He added that Mr Muite was among brave Kenyans who endured police brutality, torture, exile and detention in their quest for freedom of expression and political rights.
Other legal practitioners who have won the award are Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, Prof Yash Pal Ghai, Mr James Orengo, Mr Pheroze Nowrojee and Mr Nzamba Kitonga.
“He has fought consistently on the side of the weak and the oppressed. He took up a landmark case on behalf of Mau Mau fighters seeking redress from the British Government for atrocities suffered and, together with his team, won the case,” Mr Muhonyi said. Mr Muite has more than 30 years experience as an advocate.
Source: Daily Nation (15th December 2015)