Mr. Gichira Kibara, CBS

Kibara is a governance and constitutional law expert. He is currently a consultant with Capacity Development Institute, a policy, research and training institution. In that capacity he has consulted   for many local and international organisations including the government ministries, independent  constitutional commissions, the Judiciary, the European Union, IGAD  and United Nation Agencies.

He is former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs in Kenya. He previously served as the Secretary for Justice and Constitutional Affairs and Director of Legal Affairs in the Ministry.  Kibara has also served as Executive Director of the Centre for Governance and Development (CGD) and the Deputy Director of the Public Law Institute (PLI).

Kibara holds bachelor and master’s degrees from the University of Nairobi and the University of South Africa respectively. He has also trained in management and leadership in many institutions including the Kenya Institute of Management and Havard University.

Kibara has written widely on governance and legal issues. His published writings includes: Kenya on the Path to Democratization?, an Interim Evaluation ( with Prof. Siegmar Schmidt),Konrad Adeneur Foundation, 2002; Regime transitions in Kenya and the institutionalization of democracy in Kenya published in the East African Journal of Human Rights and Democracy, January 2003; Challenges and Efficacy of Election Monitoring, a chapter in the University of Nairobi’s Department of Political Science publication titled ‘Transition in Kenya from KANU to NARC’; Constitutional Development in Kenya, published by Kituo Cha Katiba ( Eastern Africa Centre for Constitutional Development), 2003

Kibara is the Chairman of the NGO Coordination Board.