By Kenya Confidential Political Editor, Nairobi – February 24, 2022
A rare breed of anti-corruption leadership Kenyans do not know Justin Bedan Njoka Muturi (popularly known as JB) was born on 28 April 1966, is the seventh Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya, in office since 2013.
He is the first Speaker to serve following the reestablishment of a bicameral Parliament, as mandated by the 2010 Constitution. On 28 March 2013, Muturi won the speakership after a second round of voting by Members of the National Assembly, beating former speaker Kenneth Marende by a 219–129 margin.
Muturi has demonstrated tenacity of anti-CORRUPTION DEMOCRAT and a thick skin to deal with the most rebellious Parliament in Kenya’s history. He was first elected as a member of the Kenya African National Union (Kanu) to represent Siakago Constituency in Parliament following a 1999 byelection. He won reelection in 2002 and served as opposition chief whip and chair of the Public Investment Committee during the 10th Parliament.
He vied for re-election in 2007, but was defeated by former Embu County Senator Lenny Kivuti. In 2013, Muturi ran for the Mbeere North parliamentary seat as a member of The National Alliance party, but lost to lacklustre Muriuki Njagagua – an MP never known for contributing anything worthwhile in Parliament.
Muturi has held vital national, Pan-African and global public offices none of his competitors can claim. He was a Member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on the Constitutional Review Muturi served as a member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on the constitutional review from 1999 to 2004.
He was elected KANU National Organising Secretary in Nov 2008. He was the PNU constitution committee chairman during the national constitutional talks from 2008–2010.
Chairman of the Centre for Multiparty Democracy In April 2011, Muturi was appointed the chairman of the Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD), a civil society group that deals with democracy issues in multi-party politics.
Chairman of the Judges and Magistrates Association Muturi was formerly Kenya judiciary employee serving as a principal magistrate between 1982 and 1997 before retiring from judicial service.
He also served as the chairman of the Judges and Magistrates Association during the time. He has been chairman of; • The Africa Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption, • Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption and • The Parliamentary Network on the World Bank. When Muturi says he will fight Kenya’s enemy Number 1, CORRUPTION, he means it and will deal with it without fear or favour. He understands the menace locally and internationally – unlike his competitors with multi-billion-shillings corruption scandals weighing on their shoulders.
In recent years he has taken keen interest in Corruption investigations locally and internationally to enhance his grip on the social economic menace – that has become a global concern.
Malicious bribery accusation. In 1997 while serving as a Magistrate in Nairobi, Muturi was accused of soliciting a bribe to rule in favour of Masaba Hospital founder the late Geoffrey Joel Momanyi and his wife Fellgona Akothe Momanyi in a case before him. Muturi was acquitted but did not resume his duties as a magistrate having found out the accusation was engineered and orchestrated by jealousy colleagues in Judiciary that has the subject of massive corruption over recent years.