Monday, May 21, 2012

Lawrence Murugu Mute

Born in 1969, Meru County Mute is an accomplished lawyer, poet and human rights activist who currently serves as a Commissioner of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR). Being visual impaired has never shaken the lawyer whose area of expertise include governance, constitutionalism, media and disability.

He attended Thika High School for the Blind for his secondary education. Mute holds a degree in law from the University of Nairobi and a Master of Law from Warwick University. He has served as the Deputy Executive Director of the Centre for Law and Research International (CLARION). He was also among the delegates at the 2004 Draft Constitution of Kenya (“The Bomas Draft”).
He has published widely in constitutional matters; some of his works include ‘The People’s Voice: What Kenyans Say (with Jackson M. Mwalulu)’ ‘Building an Open Society: The Politics of Transition in Kenya (with Wanza, Kichuma)’ and ‘Destroy corruption before it destroys you and your country (with S. Kichamu Akivaga).’
As a poet he has written many poems which include ‘Must Mugwe Die?’, ‘Angel on Tom Mboya Street’, ‘How to Negotiate a Disability Convention in New York’ and the ‘Under the Rubble Lies My Love.’
“We may struggle to decipher Shakespeare’s sonnets
When we know that Wangu Wa Makeri’s womenfolk
Await in the wings to keep our boys on their guard..”
From ‘Must Mugwe Die?’

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