Former Attorney General Githu Muigai has stepped down from his position as the Chairperson of the Council of Legal Education (CLE) Board.
In an interview with Kenyans.co.ke, the attorney explained that he resigned to allow the board to pick a new team.
“I believe that if you are a leader and issues arise in the institution that you are leading, you ought to resign to give the appointing authorities an opportunity to bring a fresh team,” he explained.
A letter cited by multiple media outlets indicated that the former Attorney General was gutted to leave the position but viewed the move as necessary for the institution’s sake.
The entrance of the Kenya School of Law
“I write to inform you of my decision to resign from the Council of Legal Education, effective immediately. The events of the last week have made my continued leadership of the institution untenable. As most of you know, I have dedicated a very large part of my career to legal education and training and it is with a very heavy heart that I have arrived at this decision,” read the letter in part.
The resignation came days after a section of staff went on strike decrying mismanagement of funds at the institution.
At the center of the protest were questionable expenses the staff claimed management was incurring in the daily running of the institution.
Some also raised concerns touching on the institution’s integrity which saw CEO Mary Mugure, who was serving in an acting capacity, resign on Friday last week.
Mugure stepped aside to allow investigations into the claims.
A section of the staff had accused Mugure of trying to force herself into the position after staying in an acting capacity for six months.
Earlier, Muigai had promised that the matter would be investigated to verify whether funds were misappropriated by the management and appropriate action taken.
CLE is an independent body established in 1995 to organise and conduct courses for the development of legal professionals.
The council runs the Kenya School of Law which offers practical training in law for the professional development of lawyers and other professions in the legal sector.
Former Attorney General Githu Muigai appearing at the Supreme Court for IEBC on August 31, 2022