H.E. Governor Peter Munya's Biography
Peter Gatirau Munya (born 1969) is the governor of Meru County, and the current chairman of the Council of Governors Kenya and a former Assistant Minister, Ministry of East African Community. He also served as the 2nd Member of Parliament for Tigania East Constituency, Meru County in Central Kenya The son of Mr. Jackson Munya M'Rukunga and Mrs. Grace Mwakithi; born and raised in Muthaara, Meru County.
He sat for and passed his ‘O’ Levels at Chogoria Boys High School, and proceeded to Meru School for his ‘A’ levels. At Meru School, Hon. Peter Munya was the Chairman of the Debating Club and a winner of the Provincial Public Speaking Competition.
In 1993 he graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree (LLB Hons), from the University of Nairobi. At the University of Nairobi, Peter Munya was twice elected, in 1992 and 1993, chair of the Kenya Law Students Society (KLLS). Upon graduation, he took up internship at Kamau Kuria and Kiraitu Advocates in Nairobi.
In January 1995 he went on to the University of Brussels, Belgium, on a Belgium Embassy scholarship. He undertook and attained a Masters Degree in International Law (International Economic Integration Law). He proceeded to University of Georgia, USA, where he attained a second Masters 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 Organization 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 Hon. Peter 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 2002 Peter Munya 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.
In the 9th Parliament, Hon. Peter Munya founded and Chaired Kenya Young Parliamentarians Association with the aim of championing in Parliament, issues affecting Kenya youth. He was also member of the Health Club Management committee and the Parliamentary Investment Committee (PIC) before his appointment to the government in 2006 as the Assistant Minister, Ministry of Internal Security and Provincial Administration.
In December 2007 Hon. Peter Munya was elected for a second consecutive term as the representative for his Tigania East Constituency.
Both as a back-bencher and a minister, Hon. Peter Munya distinguished himself as a very able debater with good grasp of the burning issues of the day.
As a Member of Parliament for Tigania East, Hon. Peter Munya has been a champion for social and economic inclusivity of vulnerable sections of the Meru society. He founded the Tigania Women SACCO with the main objective of empowering women economically by enabling them access affordable credit and mobilize savings. The SACCO has enabled women to venture into small-scale businesses and other income generating activities. Women have also accessed entrepreneurship and book keeping skills.
H.E. Hon. Peter Munya's election was nullified by the Court of Appeal in Nyeri on 12 March 2014. He however appealed this ruling at the Supreme Court of Kenya in Nairobi. The Supteme Court quashed the earlier ruling on 31 May 2014, stating that the burden of proof lay on the petitioners, and reinstated him as Governor of Meru.