Francis Muthaura Biography, Family, Education, Career and Family 

Francis Muthaura was at one point Head of Public Service until his resignation after the ICC confirmed charges against him in 2012. He currently serves as the chair of the Kenya Revenue Authority. Muthaura has also served as an Ambassador and played a role in the crafting of Vision 2030. 

Francis Muthaura Age 

Francis Kirimi Muthaura was born on 20th October 1946 in Meru. 

Muthaura Family 

Muthaura’s mother was the late Mama Salome Kinya Muthaura. She passed away on 23rd December 2018 at her home. Among those who offered tribute was President Uhuru Kenyatta.

He remembered the late Mama Salome as a devoted Christian and an outstanding woman whose leadership would be missed by many. The former head of civil servants has a daughter named Susan.


He joined Nkubu Secondary School before proceeding to Nyeri High School. Afterward, he joined the University of Nairobi and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economic and Political Science. He also holds a Diploma in International Relations from the same university. 

Francis Muthaura Career

The KRA board chairman has a long history as a civil servant. Shortly after graduating from the University of Nairobi, he was appointed District Commissioner of Mombasa. He then became assistant secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

In March 1996, he was appointed Secretary General of the East African Community. He served in the position until April 2001. He then became secretary to the cabinet in 2005. 

Later, he was appointed Head of Public Service, a position he held until 2012. 

In May 2018, he was appointed chairman of the Kenya Revenue Authority board. 

Francis Muthaura at ICC case

According to Muthaura, who was among the main suspects facing trial, Ocampo did a faint assessment of the matter which lacked grounds for arguing in court.

“I don’t think our friend Ocampo didn’t do his work properly,” he said in an interview with Royal Media Services (RMS) Editorial Director Linus Kaikai.

“He came and talked to the people who were at the forefront NGOs and everybody and they thought that they had gathered a lot of evidence but it could not stand in the ICC court in fact a lot of it was found not to be true.”

He went on to finger at Parliament for escalating the matter to ICC, arguing that the case would have been well solved at home without involving external parties.

In Muthaura’s view, the then conflicting parties – ODM and the ruling party Party of National Unity (PNU) – were obsessed with getting rid of their political enemies and mis-judged the matter.

“The failure was with our parliament. When it went to parliament they were in a hurry. The initial proposal by Kofi Annan was not to go to the Hague,” he said.

“There was a lot of misinformation. Both ODM and PNU wanted to call their so-called enemies to the ICC. Even when the matter of how to deal with culprits came in, the Parliament said ” Let’s go to Hague, they did not even debate it very much.”

Francis Muthaura Ruto’ Appointment

In a gazette notice, the Head of State said Muthaura will serve for five years. His role began on January 12, 2024.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by section 38 (1) (a) of the Universities Act, I, William Samoei Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces, appoint Francis Muthaura to be the Chancellor of the Kenyatta University, for five years,” part of the gazette notice read.

Notably, Muthaura,77, has served in the last four regimes from late President Daniel Moi’s to late President Mwai Kibaki, former President Uhuru Kenyatta and now President William Ruto’s administration.

He was among the six Kenyans featured alongside President William Ruto on former ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo’s list with allegations of causing 2007/2008 post-election violence. His charges were however dropped in March 2013 for lack of evidence.

On the other hand, the President revoked the appointment of Njoki Kahiga to pave the way for the appointment of Charles Nyachae as the chairperson of the Council of Kenya School of Government.

Nyachae will serve from January 24, 2024, to July 12, 2025.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by section 7 (3) of the State Corporations Act, I, William Samoei Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces, appoint Charles Nyachae to be the Chairperson of the Council of the Kenya School of Government, with effect from January 19, 2024, up to July 12, 2025,” the notice read.

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