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Is Munya the safest bet for Raila running mate?

Is Munya the safest bet for Raila running mate?

By Justus Karanja

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya (pictured) is a front-runner for ODM leader Raila Odinga’s possible running mate from Mount Kenya region.

Munya sat for and passed his ‘O’ Levels at Chogoria Boys High School and then proceeded to Meru School for his ‘A’ levels.

 At Meru School, Munya was the Chairman of the Debating Club and a winner of the Provincial Public Speaking Competition.

In 1993, Munya graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree, from the University of Nairobi.

 At the University of Nairobi, Munya was twice elected, in 1992 and 1993, chair of the Kenya Law Students Society (KLLS).

In January 1995 he went to the University of Brussels, Belgium, on a Belgian Embassy scholarship.

He undertook and attained a master's degree in International Law (International Economic Integration Law).

He then proceeded to the University of Georgia where he attained a second master's degree in Law (Public International Law).

In 1997 he was published in the Boston University International Law Journal, under the title ‘The Role of the Organisation of African Unity in Conflict Resolution and Dispute Settlement in Africa’.

Upon his return to Kenya, he took a job as a Law Lecturer at the Kenya School of Professional Studies (KSPS) and Kenya School of Monetary Studies (KSMS).

In 2000 he was appointed a lecturer of Law at Moi University, Eldoret where he taught Law.

At Moi University, Munya was published in the Moi University Journal in 2002 under the title, ‘The Role of the International Court of Justice in Resolving African Disputes: Past, Present and Future Prospects’.

In 2002 he left Moi University to set up Kimaiyo and Munya Advocates.

In the same year, Munya began his political career and campaigned for and won the Tigania East parliamentary seat in the then Meru North District. He was subsequently sworn into the 9th Kenyan Parliament on 9 January 2003, recapturing the seat in 2007.

He was also an assistant minister of East Africa and later an assistant minister of Internal Security.

In 2013 he became first governor of Meru County.

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