The former Chief Justice of Kenya Dr. Willy Mutunga is scheduled to speak at the fourth annual lecture organised by the African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME).
A statement from ACME, says Dr. Mutunga will deliver a lecture titled “Politics, Media and Judicial Independence in Africa”. “Dr. Mutunga will draw on his own experience while at the judiciary to offer insight into how the cutthroat worlds of media and politics affect judicial independence on the continent,” said Dr Peter Mwesige, ACME’s executive director.
“We are honoured to have him in a year when the Supreme Court of Kenya made history by annulling the presidential election held on 8 August.”
The lecture will be held on Wednesday, 8 November 2017, at the Golf Course Hotel in Kampala under the theme “Media and Politics in Africa”.
The main purpose of the lecture series is to explore the relationship between media and politics amidst changing technological, demographic, and political conditions on the continent.
Dr. Mutunga was Kenya’s chief justice and president of the Supreme Court from 2011 to 2016. He has recently served as the Commonwealth secretary general’s special envoy to the Maldives, and as a distinguished scholar-in-residence at the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School in New York City.
Before becoming Chief Justice, Dr. Mutunga headed Ford Foundation’s East Africa office based in Nairobi. “Given the involving political debates taking place in East Africa, especially in Uganda and Kenya, we could not have had a better speaker than Dr. Mutunga — lawyer, thinker and reform leader,” said Bernard Tabaire, ACME’s director of programmes.
“We look forward to a lively discussion, to which the public is invited.” This year’s lecture follows those delivered in 2014 by Trevor Ncube, the Zimbabwean owner of South Africa’s Mail & Guardian newspaper; in 2015 by Ms Fatuma Abdulahi, the Somali feminist and broadcaster; and in 2016 by Eric Chinje, the Cameroonian communications expert heading the Nairobi-based African Media Initiative.
These lectures are being funded with a grant from the Democratic Governance Facility under a project that ACME is running titled “Enhanced Media Reporting for Transparency and Accountability”.