James Orengo Biography
James Orengo was born in 1951 in Ugenya constituency, Siaya county. He is a Kenyan politician and currently the senator for Siaya county. He became well know for his fight against unjust ruling and spent several years in detention for that.
James Orengo Education
- 1971 – 1974 : Undergraduate Student of University of Nairobi (LLB)
- 1965 – 1970 : Secondary School Student of Alliance High School
- 1958 – 1964 : Primary School Student of Ambira Primary School
James Orengo Political Positions
- Started 11th March 2013 : Senator for Siaya of Senate
- Started 13th February 2013 : Coalition Member of Coalition for Reforms & Democracy
- Started 2008 : Cabinet Minister of Lands
- 2007 – 4th March 2013 : Member of Parliament for Ugenya
- Started 2005 : Member of Orange Democratic Movement
- 2002 : Aspirant President
- 1997 – 2002 : Member of Parliament for Ugenya
- 1992 – 1997 : Member of Parliament for Ugenya
James Orengo Political Career
Reforms and multi-party democracy
Orengo became well known for his fight against unjust rule and spent several years in detention as a result. Orengo along with Michael Kijana Wamalwa, Kiraitu Murungi, Raila Odinga, Paul Muite were among the Young Turks who along with Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, Masinde Muliro and Martin Shikuku brought about the what was termed as Kenya’s second liberation, they formed the formidable Forum for the Restoration of Democracy(FORD), a vehicle that nearly pushed KANU the ruling party out of power in the 1992 general election. He is a founding-member of Muungano wa Mageuzi (Movement for Change), a cross party lobby group.
Orengo was elected as an MP for Ugenya Constituency as a KANU candidate in a bye election in 1980. He became the youngest MP at age 29. Orengo was subsequently elected as an MP in December 1992 on a FORD-Kenya ticket. He was re-elected in December 1997 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.
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2002 Presidential run
Orengo ran for presidency in 2002 for the Social Democratic Party(SDP), but finished fourth with just 0.4% of the votes. His party lost all of its parliamentary places, as many SDP’s leading figures had joined the NARC coalition.
Return to Parliament
As of 2007 he was still the SDP chairman. The party supported Raila Odinga of Orange Democratic Movement at the 2007 general elections. In the 2007 elections Orengo won the Ugenya Parliamentary seat on an ODM ticket. He had been out of parliament since the 2002 elections after losing the seat to Arcbishop Stephen Ondiek.
During the post-election crisis, Orengo served as one of four spokesmen for the Orange Democratic Movement in its attempts to settle its dispute with the Party of National Unity following the disputed presidential elections in Kenya in 2007.
Orengo was sworn in as a Minister for Lands in the new Coalition Government formed by the National Accord Act of 2008. This is his first stint as a cabinet Minister.
Orengo revealed the sale of the Grand Regency hotel at 2.7 billion Kenyan Shillings (approximately $30 million US). He announced the transfer of ownership from the Central Bank of Kenya to the new Libyan owners had taken place under the direction of Amos Kimunya, finance minister. This has set off the Grand Regency Scandal.
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James Orengo’s Daughter Lavender Orengo Marriage
Siaya Senator James Orengo’s homestead in Ramunde, Ugenya Constituency on Saturday (July 18 2015) afternoon was the site of a traditional wedding between his daughter Lavender Orengo and her fiancé Hanington Muisyo Mutua.
Mr Mutua had traveled to Nyanza to present dowry to the Orengo family for their daughter Lavender, which also marked their traditional wedding ceremony.
The intermarriage ceremony between the two, who hail from different ethnic communities, was applauded by many; including Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama who urged Kenyans to embrace intermarriage in order to help subdue tribalism.
The guests lit up the well-attended event with their colourful outfits as they feasted on the food and drinks provided.
Gem legislator Jakoyo Midiwo, who has been on the limelight for publicly expressing his differences with Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga, called for integration among community members citing the union between Orengo’s daughter and Hanington as an indicator of unity to emulate.
James Orengo echoed Jakoyo’s sentiments, calling on leaders of all levels of government to embrace unity.
He also encouraged his daughter Lavender, and fiancé Mutua to ensure they remain close friends throughout their union.