Amos Wako Profile and Biography
Amos Wako was born on 31st July 1946 in Bukhayo, Busia District. He is a former Attoney General and the Senator for Busia county. In October 2009 he was given a travel ban by the USA for ‘deliberately blocking political reforms’ following post-poll violence in 2008. Mr Amos Wako left the State Law Office on 26 August 2011 as per the new constitution which demanded him to leave office One year after its promulgation. He was Succeeded by Prof Githu Muigai. He joined the Orange Democratic Movement, on whose ticket he will contested for the Busia senate seat in the 4 March General Election.
Amos Wako Education Background
- Graduate student of University of London, masters of Law with specialisation in Comparative Consitutional Law
- Undergraduate Student of University of London, Bachelor of Science in Economics with specialisation in International Affairs.
- 1969 – 1972:Undergraduate student of University of Dar-es-Salaam, Bachelor of Law LL.B (HONS)
Amos WakoPolitical Position
- 13th March 2013 – Up to date : Senator for Busia county
- 13th February 2013 – Up to date : Coalition Member for Democracy and Reforms
Amos Wako Work Experience
- Started 2005 : President of Asian African Legal Consultative Organisation
- Started 1995 : Chair of International Council for Commercial Arbitration.
- Started 1994: Member of International Advisory panel to the World Copyright Arbitration Center
- Started 1983 :Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (LONDON)
- Started 1977 :Fellow of International Academy of Trial Lawyer
Started 1977 :Fellow of International Academy of Trial Lawyers ( U.S.A. )
- Started August 1970: Advocate of the High Court of Kenya of Kenya School of Law
- May 1991 – August 2011 : Attorney General of Republic of Kenya
- 1999 – 2001 : Leader of Delegation of Kenya to International Conferences Against Corruption
- 1997 – 1998 : President of International Seabed Authority.
- 1997- 1998 : Chair of Ministers of Justice/Attorneys General of East Africa (and chaired critical meetings, which drafted the Treaty for the Establishment of the East Africa Community).
- 1994- 1997 : Chair of Group of 77
- 1993 – 1997 : Chair of The Ministers of Justice/Attorney-General of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
- 1982- 1991 :Founder Chair of Public Law Institute
- 1984 – 1988 : Chair of Association of Professional Societies in East Africa .
- 1979 – 1981: Chair of Law Society of Kenya
Amos Wako Committee Membership
- 2004 : Chair of Committee on Fast Tracking East African
- 2008 – 2012 : Member of Committee on Powers and Privileges – (National Assembly Powers and Privileges Act)
Amos Wako Attorney General of Kenya
Amos Wako, who boasted a reputable academic, professional and legal career, said he was “dumbfounded” when he was appointed Attorney General on May 13, 1991, a position he held until August 2001 as the 2010 Constitution demanded after serving as Attorney General‘ for 20 years. Amos Wako’s 20-year tenure is the longest of any Attorney-General in Kenya.
He reversed the abolition of the tenure of office for the Attorney General and High Court judges in 1991. Other positive enactments included the Children’s Act Bill 1992 that made it mandatory for all children to access universal primary education.
Amos Wako Time as the Attorney General
Tax payers lost billions of shillings in Wako’s time and he tabled the Anti-Corruption Bill that created the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission in 1991 while the Pharmacies and Poison’s Act 1992 created the National Quality Control Laboratory for free testing of drugs and medical equipment for the public.
Marital rape, jail terms for HIV rapists were made crimes by Wako, who also imposed a punitive Kshs 1million fine to curb drug trafficking.
The Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendment Bill) enacted the Defamation Act that created financial parameters for damages to be awarded in libel cases.
Wako was Attorney General at the height of clamour for political pluralism in Kenya. He was accused of criminalising dissent in what went down as “judicial tyranny”.
His partisanship was evident when he amended the law governing nomination of parliamentary, civic and presidential elections by reducing days for nomination to 21. That in effect, meant opposition parties were left with little time to put their houses in order. The law seemed to favour Kanu , the ruling party.
The Preservation of Public Security Act ensured all detention laws remained in force and was effectively used against opposition leaders. even though Section 2(A) that allowed multiparty politics was enacted in his time.
The worst politically instigated ethnic clashes of 1992 happened in Wako’s tenure. No one has ever been found culpable. The Goldenberg Scandal that saw Kenya lose over Kshs 60billion in fictitious export of diamonds , was perpetrated in his time. No one has ever been jailed for it.
Amos Wako Honours
- Hon. Life Member, Wiltshire Bar Association
- Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS),
- Elder of the Golden Heart (EGH)
- Senior Counsel.
Amos Wako Family and children
Amos Wako is married with two children.
Philomena Amos Wako
Love at first sight: When Amos Wako met Justice Philomena Mwilu
When the United States government banned Senior Counsel Amos Wako from setting foot in the US, the Busia Senator was, “Totally indifferent to the ban, I have no desire to visit US,” as he said.
That was in November 2009 when Wako was Kenya’s longest serving Attorney General. He was barred for life from ever setting foot in the land of ‘Uncle Sam’ over his anti-reform record alongside other high-ranking government officials.
Indeed, Wako had no desire to visit the US of A considering the love of his life resides in Kenya; the comely Lady Justice Philomena Mwilu, Supreme Court judge and Kenya’s Deputy Chief Justice.
The outgoing power couple has been an item for two decades in a relationship that has been under wraps to majority of Kenyans. But to their closest friends and family, whenever the Lady Justice is around, the bespectacled Wako is never far away, his smile breaking the patterns of his pin-striped suits.
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“It’s not like they are hiding their relationship,” a diplomatic attaché in Kenya told The Nairobian, adding that during social functions at the Embassy, it’s a running joke between staffers on how to address their invitation letters either as ‘Hon Wako and Hon Judge Mwilu’ on the same card or to just post the invitations separately.
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Amos Wako, a father of two, met and fell in love with Philomena Mwilu, a mother of three, in 1997, the year Kenya held its second multi-party elections.
Wako had been Kenya’s Attorney General for six years at the time. When retired President Moi appointed him to the position on May 13, 1991, he said he was “dumbfounded.”
Justice Philomena Mwilu and Amos Wako
But Wako was not “dumbfounded” when he laid his eyes on Mwilu who was then working as head of legal department at Jubilee Insurance Company.
“I remember they met over some issues that were affecting Mwilu at her company. Some millions had been stolen and Mwilu had sought help from the Attorney General to have the culprits brought to book,” recalls a personal friend of the two.
It was love at first sight. The world tilted on its axis. Within months, the two were out of control, not caring two hoots about the affair that got tongues wagging in legal circles.
Amos Wako Wife
Amos Wako was then considered married but single, and he needed a partner, while Mwilu had dumped a now very powerful man in Parliament for Wako. “They were perfect partners” offers their personal friend despite Wako’s first wife, Flora Wako, still being around.
Having found love, Amos Wako and Mwilu fully focused on their careers, with Wako leaving the State Law Office for politics as Mwilu climbed to the second most powerful woman in the Judiciary.
A politician from Western Kenya who is Wako’s friend told The Nairobian;
“I drink with Wako regularly. He loves his whiskey, and he doesn’t mind drinking till late, but in more than a decade that I have been drinking with him, I have never seen him with another woman. He is fiercely loyal to Mwilu, and has never looked at another woman. I would know if he did anything funny.”
But in July 2011 when Mwilu was a High Court judge a matter came up which led to owning up about her love life.
Lawyer Eric K’Omollo had lodged an application by six women’s groups who wanted Mwilu stopped from hearing their case due to her closeness to the Attorney General in what they argued could be a conflict of interest.
“We have reason to believe that such association or closeness that they have is of a personal nature,” they said, but Justice Mwilu, defending herself said her affair with Wako is “in the public domain, there is nothing to hide. It is okay for it (our closeness) to be discussed in open court.”
At the time, Amos Wako as the Attorney General was a member of the Judicial Service Commission which has been sued jointly with his office.
A three-judge bench dismissed their application which had sought Mwilu’s disqualification from the case on grounds of bias and conflict of interest if she handled the case.
Lady Justice Mwilu is now known as Wako’s de facto second wife, a sharp shooting woman said never to mince words as was evidence when she was asked during her interview for the position of Deputy Chief Justice by the Judicial Service Commission regarding her views on polygamy. She said she supported it “as long as there is peace in the family.”
Adopted From: www.sde.co.ke
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