James Orengo Biography, Age, Early Life, Family, Education, Career And Net Worth

James Orengo

James Orengo is a Kenyan lawyer, politician and human rights activist who is currently serving as a senator for Siaya.

He has handled several positions, including serving as an MP at the age of 29, getting appointed as the Minister of lands amongst others. He is also one of the few Kenyan lawyers who have attained the professional grade of Senior counsel in the legal field, a title that he earned under former president Mwai Kibaki.
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James Orengo Profile

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Full name: James Aggrey Bob Orengo
Born: 21st February 1951
Age: 70 years (2021)
Nationality: Kenyan
Parents: Apolo Stefano Olunga Orengo, Josfina Atieno Olunga Orengo
Education: University of Nairobi
Spouse(s): Rhodah Orengo
Children: Bob Orengo, Micheal Orengo, Zeni Orengo, Steven Orengo, Josephine Orengo, Lynette Orengo
Occupation: Politician, lawyer
Political party: Orange Democratic Movement (ODM)
Net worth

James Orengo Biography and Educational Background

James Orengo was born on the 21st of February, 1951 in Ugenya constituency in Siaya County, Kenya Colony to Apolo Stefano Olunga Orengo and Josfina Atieno Olunga Orengo. He started his primary education at Ambira Primary School in 1958. Upon completing his primary education in 1964, he enrolled at the Alliance High School (January 1965), finishing form four education in 1970.

He secured admission to study Law at the University of Nairobi in 1971. In 1973, he became the university president. He graduated from the institution in 1974 with Bachelor of Laws LL.B. He also passed through the Kenya School of Law, after which he was admitted into the Kenya legal Council.

Activism and Political Career

James Orengo has been known as a political activist since his days as a student leader at the university. He was very acting in the fight against issues that he felt needed changes and led fellow students in many protests. He, alongside other notable politicians like Raila agitated for multiparty democracy, a new constitution, and free and fair elections, among other issues of public interest.

The fight as an activist wasn't easy as Orengo sometimes had to flee the country. He was exiled in Uganda, Zimbabwe and Tanzania in the early 1980s to escape the repressive Kenya African National Union (KANU) regime.

In 1980, James Orengo got elected as an MP for Ugenya Constituency as a KANU candidate in a by-election. He was the youngest MP then, having won the election at the age of 29. In December 1992, he was subsequently elected as an MP on a FORD-Kenya ticket.

In December 1997, he was re-elected on a Ford-Kenya ticket but lost his seat in the 2002 general elections when he also contested for the Presidency on a Social Democratic Party ticket.

In 2002 He ran for the presidency under the platform of the Social Democratic Party(SDP) but finished fourth with just 0.4% of the votes. 

While still serving as the SDP chairman, his party supported Raila Odinga of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) at the 2007 general elections. He was subsequently sworn in as a Minister for Lands in the new Coalition Government formed by the National Accord Act of 2008. 

In 2013, James Orengo was sworn in as the senator for Siaya County and re-elected in 2017. In 2018, he was chosen by his party leader Raila Amollo Odinga to replace Moses Wetangula as the minority leader in the Kenyan Senate.

In 2019, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga appointed Orengo as part of the task force team to implement Building Bridge Initiative (BBI).

Personal Life

James Orengo is happily married Betty Kaari Murungi, a lawyer and human rights activist. The union is blessed with children.

Social Media Handles

You can connect with James Orengo on:
Twitter @Orengo_James

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