Justin Bedan Muturi is the seventh Speaker of the National Assembly but little is known about his political career. He came to the public light after he contested the seat of the speaker, beating Kenneth Marende of ODM after the 2013 general elections.
Muturi was born on April 28th, 1956 in Mbeere and started his education at Kangaru Boys High School. The speaker, a 1981 graduate lawyer from the University of Nairobi’s (UoN) also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Law from Kenya School of Law after which he practised as an advocate of the High court.
He rose to become a Principal Magistrate.
The 60-year-old Muturi resigned from the legal profession in 1997 after serving for 15 years to engage in active politics where he ran for the Siakago parliamentary seat. He was elected in a by-election in 1999 on a KANU ticket after the then MP Cyrus Ita died. Muturi was later re-elected and appointed to head the Public Investment Commitee.
During the 2007 general Elections, Muturi lost his Siakago seat to the current senator of Embu county Lenny Kivuti.
He is the first Speaker to serve under the new constitution after being elected on March 28th 2013.
He has however faced rebellion from the opposition coalition who say he leans towards the majority Jubilee MPs who voted for him.