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Don’t Strangle The Baby, Plo Lumumba Tells Supreme Court Judges

Updated 29.08.2017

Prof Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba ended the defence of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries with a flourish and on a high note, earning the recognition of the Chief Justice.

Chief Justice David Maraga told the well-known orator: “Mr Lumumba, you were clear,” to which Prof Lumumba responded: “May the Lord bless you.”

Prof Lumumba had his colleagues in the court alert and gallery alive as he sought to demolish the case laid out by the team representing Raila Odinga, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s main challenger at the last polls.

The former director of the anti-corruption commission started off by telling the judges that: “The pleadings before you suffer from lack of focus and particularity.”

WEIGHT OF EVIDENCE

PLO Lumumba also characterised the affidavits sworn by Mr Odinga and his team as full of hearsay and the case as built on stilts “that must collapse under the weight of evidence”.

Prof Lumumba dismissed the formula presented to the court by Nasa lawyer Otiende Amollo as Pythagoras Theorem and said no election was decided on the basis of such a formula.

He also attempted to dismantle the assertions detailed by Nasa in an affidavit by one of their experts detailing instances where Mr Odinga’s votes were reduced or President Kenyatta’s added.

From the affidavit, he said, only 15,000 of the more than 15 million votes cast in the elections were contested.

“No court in the world has ever voided an election based on the minimalist approach. These are petty grievances,” said Prof Lumumba.

He also attempted to bat away the allegations that his client’s systems for the transmission of results were hacked.

FAILED TO PROVE

“The rule is that he who alleges must prove. What the petitioners have made is allegations, made many things but have failed to prove,” he added.

“Kenyans gave birth to a baby. IEBC’s role is midwifery. The baby is alive and well. You are being asked to strangle the baby. Decline the invitation.”

PLO Lumumba said Mr Odinga’s video on interviews with Chris Msando, the IT manager at the IEBC who was killed days to the elections, “offends all the rules”.

“Kenyans turned out in large numbers on the 8th of August and expressed their will. This court should be very cautious to overturn that will unless it is demonstrated that will was subverted,” he added.

“The totality of our submissions are that we have demonstrated that this petition is destitute of merit. Because it is destitute of merit, it should only suffer one fate – rejection.”

Adopted from Nairobi News

PLO Lumumba’s submission at the Supreme Court

PLO Lumumba Biography and Profile

Prof. PLO Lumumba whose full name is Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba was born on 17th July 1962. He is an Advocate of the High Courts of Kenya and Tanzania and Law Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Nairobi and the Director of The Kenya School of Laws since the year 2014.

He is one of the Trustees and the Executive Director of the African Institute of Leaders and Leadership, Nairobi, Kenya. He received his LL.B and LL.M Degrees in Law at the University of Nairobi, followed by a PhD in the Laws of the Sea at the University of Ghent in Belgium.

PLO Lumumba CV

PLO Lumumba Education Background

2004:  University of Ghent (Belgium)
Doctor of Philosophy in Law (Ph.D)

1989: University of Nairobi
Master of Laws (LL.M)
Thesis: National Security and Fundamental Rights.

1985: University of Nairobi
Bachelor of Laws LL.B Honours

1985: Kenya School of Law
Post Graduate Diploma

1979 : Ambira High School
(`A’-Level Certificate)

1975: Secondary School Student at Pumwani Secondary School, KENYA
(`O’- Level Certificate)

1973:  Primary school Student at St. Patrick’s Primary School (Primary VI – VII)
Certificate of Primary Education (CPE)

1969: Primary school Student at  Usenge Primary School (Primary I – V)

PLO Lumumba Job History

October 2001: Appointed by Hon. the Attorney General to serve in the National Committee on Implementation of International Humanitarian Law

October 2001: Secretary to the constitution of Kenya Review Commission

1991 – To Date: Lecturer in Law at the University of Nairobi
(LL.B AND LL.M CLASSES)

Undergraduate Course

  • Criminal Procedure and Practice
  • Judicial Review
  • General Supervisor of Dissertations

LLM Classes

  • Human Rights and Self Determination
  • Comparative Constitutional Laws

1991 – To Date: Advocate Partner at  M/S Lumumba & MUMMA Advocates

1989 – 1990: Assistant Lecturer at the University of Nairobi (For LL.B Classes)
Part-time Lecturer at United States International University – Africa (Business Law)
Part-time Lecturer at Dynamic School of Accountancy (Law for Accountants)
Lecturer in Law- Kenya School of Law (Post Graduate diploma class)

1987 – 1989:  Law Practice at M/S Otieno Lumumba & Co. Advocates
Part-Time Lecturer (Law for Accounts) at Kenya College of Accountancy, Nairobi

1986 – 1988: Legal Assistant at  Waruhiu & Muite Avocates,Nairobi

Prof. PLO Lumumba has attended several merit trainings including at the Afoul Wallenburg Institute at the University of Lund, in Sweden (Human Rights), Commonwealth Young Lawyers Course at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (University of London), International Committee of the Red Cross for University Teachers in Geneva (Humanitarian Law), The International Visitors Programmes in the United States of America among others.

PLO Lumumba  has lectured at the United States International University, Nairobi, the University of Nairobi, Widener University (USA) Nairobi Summer Programs.

PLO Lumumba who was a Student Leader in his student days has also served in the Law Society of Kenya and has received recognition by the Law Society of Kenya and the International Commission of Jurists (Kenya Chapter) as a member in good standing.

Lumumba is a renowned legal practitioner recognized by peers as a leading litigator in Constitutional Law and Judicial Review Cases. Ha also has been recognized by the Kenya- USA Society as a Leader in the mould of Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr. With several thousand speeches on diverse subjects delivered in and outside Kenya, Lumumba is recognized as one of the leading public speakers in Kenya. His selected speeches will be released in book form under the title.

Prof PLO Lumumba Foundation

PLO Lumumba is also the founder of several organizations including the  PLO Lumumba Foundation, a charitable organization that has been in operation since 1990. The Association of the Citizens Against Corruption (ACAC), Movement for Dialogue and Non- Violence (MODAN), The African Institute of Leaders and Leadership (AILL), a Trustee of Ufadhili Trust and a Director of Makini Schools.

PLO Lumumba Interview

Updated : 01.11.2016

One of Kenya’s finest legal minds spoke to The Nairobian. His office has the pictures of the most influential people in his life: Martin Luther King Jr, Mahatma Gandhi and Julius Nyerere.

Interviewer: Is your admiration of Congolese freedom fighter Patrice Lumumba the source of your name?

PLO Lumumba: Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba is my name. Remember Patrice Emerile Lumumba was an active pan-Africanist who died in 1961 and I was born a year later.

Quite a number of people were named after Lumumba just like many others were named after Nyerere, Obote,

Nkrumah. My father could have been impressed by the credentials of Lumumba of Congo at that time. I am not sure.

Interviewer: Your love for Mao Suits is an open secret. Why?

PLO Lumumba: I wonder why they should not be called Lumumba suits (laughs). I began wearing them in my second year in the university and the reason I do is because they are very comfortable and suited to my slight built.

They are designed specifically on order by a tailor in Hong Kong, hence I feel very comfortable in them.

Interviewer: When and how did you learn to speak the way you speak and how do you always manage to deliver long and colourful unwritten speeches?

PLO Lumumba: The reason why I don’t need to read my speeches is because they come straight from my heart and they don’t need to be written down for me.

As the saying goes, “he who speaks the truth does not need to remember what he said”. It is only liars that need to remember what they said lest they contradict themselves.

Interviewer: Is that the way you speak in the house with your family or during social gatherings with friends?

PLO Lumumba: This is a question that I find on daily basis. Of course I am not addressing an audience in the house. But what I believe is people should speak grammatically well whether they are in the house or in official gatherings.

Interviewer: Some people have said that PLO is too elite to be successful or elected in competitive politics?

PLO Lumumba: I only contested in the year 2000 in Kamukunji Constituency and there were no elections that year.

And I have always said that people like me who holds the view that I hold and articulate them the way I do are not attractive to the Kenyan electorate which is influenced by ethnicity and corruption.

The reason why Africa remains in Third World and a scar on the conscious of the earth is because of consistently electing the wrong people. So I am a victim of ethnicity and corruption.

If I was a candidate anywhere in Europe or America I would be a serious candidate. There are many people who have the abilities to serve this country but cannot be elected because they don’t worship at the altar of ethnic demigods.

Interviewer: What about your family… is there a childhood aspect that has influenced your adulthood?

PLO Lumumba: I have a wife and two daughters who are adults and graduates but I prefer not to expose them to the glare of the vicious Kenyan media.

They will come out when their time comes, and rest assured it will. I was personally influenced by my family, particularly my uncle who died last month.

He taught me how to be focused and to have values in life. These are the first people I interacted with before the external influences of the likes of Gandhi and Mwalimu Nyerere

Interviewer: There is a speech that you delivered so passionately that you shed tears uncontrollably…?

PLO Lumumba: It was a speech on the day of commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr and perhaps the tears rolled down on their own motion because I was looking at the hypocrisy of this country.

That this country is so hypocritical that when Barack Obama is elected they say he is Kenyan but I said then that if Barack Obama was to come to this country he would not even be elected a Councillor.

The Luos would say he is not Luo enough and other Kenyans would say that he is Luo. Tragedy of this country is one is judged by his ethnic extraction rather than the content of his mind.

We always wait for the white man to put a dot on the foreheads of the likes of Lupita Nyong’o and Wangari Maathai for us to celebrate them.

Interviewer: There are those who claim you were a sell-out as a student leader at the University of Nairobi, and that you went to bed with the administration.

PLO Lumumba: I belong to a very unique group of student leaders who had ideals and believed in something. I believe the role of a student leader is to articulate and create an environment where academic excellence can be achieved. In the perverted mind of undisciplined students they think that the role of a student leader is to lead riots and condemn government.

That is not my style and that’s why I am one of the most enduring student leaders to date. Just look at the history of most of the other student leaders, even those who holds public office today.

They still remain adolescent in behaviour with the addiction to riots and chaos still intact.

Interviewer: Do you have any regrets for the time you worked at the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission, considering that your exit was un-ceremonial?

PLO Lumumba: I never regret. I made my contributions.

I am on record as someone who was fighting corruption and fighting it visibly…the tragedy now is the individuals we named as corruption suspects have now become media darlings.

They are praised as liberators. It’s a pity that Kenya celebrates thieve and demonises its saints.

Interviewer: One of your thesis is dedicated to Hezekiah Oyugi. What was your relationship with him? Was he your benefactor?

PLO Lumumba: Hezekiah Oyugi was my friend and client. I first met him when i was in high school and he was a district commissioner.

Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) was my benefactor in the university. My benefactor was my uncle MT Onono whom i lived with.

My law firm represented Oyugi in deverse legal matters.

Interviewer: You are the founder and patron of PLO Lumumba Foundation. What does the organization do?

PLO Lumumba: It’s actually involved in philanthropy and some of the things we have done in the last twenty years we have been in existence ranges from education and social issues like health, youth development and sports.

We are engaged with several schools like Masinga, St. Angela’s in Kitui and St. Pauls University.

Interviewer: Are you active on social media?

PLO Lumumba: I can confirm to you here and now that I am not in any social media at all. I am not on Twitter, I am not on Facebook. Any person’s purporting to be me in these platforms those are identity thieves.

Adopted From sde.co.ke

Prof PLO Lumumba Speeches

PLO Lumumba Speech at the Fearless Summit, 2017

Here is another speech by PLO Lumumba

PLO Lumumba Quotes

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Luis Franceschi

PLO Lumumba Quotes on Accountability

  • “As for accusations even the divine Jesus of Nazareth was accused of many things; even Martin Luther King Junior was accused of many things; even Mahatma Gandhi was accused of many things. But it is our duty to prove our detractors wrong by our actions.”
    -Statement made on 13 th October, 2001 in an interview after taking the oath of office as Secretary to the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission..
  • I am happy to join what I consider to be a very good team and look forward to working together with you and produce a good constitution. I can promise you that I will discharge my duties with the delicacy of sleep walker. I believe that we will work together – accommodate me, you fall for me, I fall for you and we call it a game; Chinua Achebe used to say; and so I say .
    At the 25 th Plenary session of the CKRC after being introduced to Commissioners, 11/10/2001

PLO Lumumba Quotes on Attitude

  • Third World is a state of the mind and until we change our attitude as Africans, if there is a fourth, fifth and even sixth world, we will be in it.
    Forever Living Products Launch KICC, 21/1/2006

PLO Lumumba Quotes on Business

  • Today, I must say the business of business is serious business.
    -Forever Living Products Launch KICC, 21/1/2006

PLO Lumumba Quotes on Constitution Making

  • “It is when the boat approaches the shore that it capsizes; we must therefore tread with preternatural circumspection” in these last phases of the Constitution Review Process.
    -Statement made on the 21 st February, 2003 in an interview with the Media.
  • “The tree of change was watered by blood and sweat of men and women whose relentless crusade for constitutional change gave rise to formation of the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission.”
    -Statement made on 21 st February, 2003 while commenting on the review process delay.
  • We must remember that Constitution making is not instant coffee, it is a marathon race. Let us therefore not lose sight of the antelope for the squirrel.
    -Remarks during an interview with KTN in 2002 in response to delays in the Review Process.
  • The Constitution making process was like a relay race. We ran our leg and in a manner of speaking were like Moses, we parted the Red Sea of political intrigues and internal sabotage, stood on the Mountains and beheld the Promised Land, but now we must hand over to Joshua who must take us to Canaan to confront the walls of Jericho.
    -In an interview with the Standard Newspaper in January, 2006.
  • I refuse to accept that another Commission should be created to deliver a new Constitution. What you need is a lean, mean team to complete the process. We must not climb trees to look for fish.
    -During an interview on the Review Process after the Referendum result in January, 2006
  • God has given us lemon, let us not ask for oranges. Let us make lemonade.
    -Statement made to Delegates of the National Constitutional Conference on the 19 th day of August, 2003.
  • In our quest for a new Constitution we have swam Oceans how can we now drown in ponds.
    -Statement made to delegates at the National Constitutional Conference on the 30 th day of May, 2003.

PLO Lumumba Quotes on Corruption

  • Our country must morally re-arm. We cannot run a country where virtue is vice and vice is virtue. 13 We cannot live in a country where the looters of yester-years assume they have undergone a Pauline conversion because they are in opposition and oppose the Government of the day. 14 Some of our richest men and women are to be found in politics and their creed is, thou shall reap what thou hath not sown.
  • Behind most of our so called successful civil servants who have joined politics and business there is collapsed or collapsing public institution they once served.
    Catholic University of East Africa (CUEA) Conference by Accounting Students Association 15 th March, 2002 speaking on the subject of Professionals and corruption.

PLO Lumumba Quotes on Culture

  • Culture is the celebration of diversity. Let us therefore not deny our origin; but instead celebrate ours as a cultural mosaic not a tower of Babel , but a power of Babel ala Ali Mazrui.
    On the inaugural cultural day at Kabarak University , 30/7/2005 .

PLO Lumumba Quotes on Democracy

  • “The tree of democracy must inevitably be watered with blood.” In this case I am prepared to be the sacrificial lamb.
    Statement made on 28 th September, 2002 at a Law Society of Kenya forum after the High Court issued an Order banning debate on the draft Constitution.
  • “When there is a conflict between a decision of a Court of Law and a decision in the Court of Public opinion, I will be guided by the latter. Jail, hospital or cemetery, I am ready for it, I would rather defy a dishonest Court Order than go against the Court of Public Opinion and public good.”
    -Statement made on 28 th September, 2002 at a Law Society of Kenya forum after the High Court issued an Order banning debate on the draft Constitution..
  • “At all times, it should be remembered that our nations are fragile and like an egg, must be dealt with carefully.”
    Statement made on 13 th September, 2002 while presenting a paper during a two-day media workshop in a Nairobi Hotel.

PLO Lumumba Quotes on Development

  • We are the third world not because the sun rises on the West and sets in the East but because we have engaged the reverse gear and we are moving with jet like speed in the wrong direction -we must change this by rolling up our sleeves and working for the growth of our country.
    -Maseno University, Address to students, 2002.

PLO Lumumba Quotes on Disability

  • Today to say, ‘disability is not inability’ is a politically correct cliché. But let me tell you; our level of development will be measured by how we treat our men and women with disability.
    On the occasion of the Law and Kenya Paraplegic organization’s Strategic Plan.
Prof. PLO Lumumba

Prof. PLO Lumumba

PLO Lumumba Quotes on Ethnicity

  • I refuse to believe that this country must run on the wheels of negative ethnicity where ones ethnic extraction is the touchstone of ability; that is a veritable tower of Babel . But worry the least – I have a perfect recipe for national cohesion. Let us combine the energy of the Luhya with the entrepreneurship of the Kikuyu, with a little dose of the Wakamba and Miji Kenda humility, the Maasai’s zeal and zest and the Luo’s quest for perfection and the beautiful qualities of all Kenyan nations and what looks like the tower of Babel will become the power of Babel.
    -On the occasion of Dinner Talk on Ethnicity as a Threat to Democracy in Kenya on October 21, 2003 at New Stanley Hotel, Nairobi organized by the Kenya Human Rights Commission..

PLO Lumumba Quotes on Famine

  • I believe we have something to learn from the Bible. Let us store in times of plenty to cater for lean times. Contributions like we have done today is mere tranquilizing, fire fighting which attacks symptoms while leaving causes untouched and unshaken.
    -10 th December, 1984 after donating money to the President of Kenya Daniel arap Moi on behalf of the University of Nairobi Students

PLO Lumumba Quotes – General

  • We must pay attention to detail, paying regard to the tree to produce the forest. Tell me, can the forest exist inspite of trees?
    18 th March, 2006 during an address to Moi University Students.
  • In matters such as these we cannot but say that it is the dog that wags the tail and not vice versa
    -Responding to question from Journalists in 2002 on who controls the Constitution Review Process
  • Youth for KANU 92’s greatest contribution to Kenyan politics was the creation of a new national creed – thou shall reap what thou hath not sown.
    Commenting on Youth for KANU 92, Dec. 1992
  • While it is good to be both nice and right, in this case I prefer to be right rather than nice.
    -On 28/12/2005 during the CKRC’s Last Steering Committee Meeting. While opposing payment of Commissioners’ Leave and Transport Allowance.
  • In the utilization of public resources allocated to us we must emulate the Stoics and Spartans of old.
    11 th day of October, 2001 during the 36 th Plenary Session of the CRKC
  • Sometimes, and those times are many, wisdom demands that we remain silent. This is such a time.
    -Responding to Journalists in 2004 after the murder of Dr. Odhiambo Mbai.

PLO Lumumba Quotes on Harambee

  • ‘Harambee’ may have had its positive aspects but today it has become the avenue via which looters of public funds sanitize their ill gotten wealth.
    -Comment on the Harambee Institution in Kenya , 2002.

PLO Lumumba Quotes on Humility

  • “I can dine with Kings and eat with commoners alike.”
    -Statement made on 6 th January, 2002 .
  • “I felt I was tailor made for the job.”
    -Statement made on 6 th January, 2002 in an interview with the Kenyan Press.

PLO Lumumba Quotes on Leadership

  • “Good leaders must be God-fearing because God is the Judge of all power”
    -Statement made on 8 th February, 2002 during a workshop on communication at JJ McCarthy Catholic Centre, Nairobi .
  • The Kenyan political party has no ideological foundation. It is a vehicle that opportunistic politicians use to travel to Parliament, nay, it is a mask that he wears to avoid recognition by the electorate.
    -At a workshop on challenges of leadership in Kenya organized by Twaweza Communication, at Holiday Inn, Nairobi , 8-9 August, 2005
  • I am always surprised when I hear our so called political leaders saying they want their tribesmen to enjoy the national cake; yet, I never hear then talking of baking the national cake. Even divine manna was exhausted.
    -At a workshop on challenges of leadership in Kenya organized by Twaweza Communication, at Holiday Inn, Nairobi , 8-9 August, 2005
  • Our Country must not have leaders whose greatest claim to fame is ill gotten wealth and bellicose speeches at funerals.
    -At Njiru in Nairobi on the occasion of Martin Luther King Jnr,. 16 th day of February, 2006.
  • Sometimes our leaders behave like hunters and gatherers. The only difference is that they gather money, land, houses and cars. This spiritual poverty must be cured through moral re-armament .
  • I am pained that those who as Government Ministers stood in the way of a new Constitution in 2002 now pretend to be its protagonists.
  • Take care, those who shout in support of a new Constitution may not mean it. They say with their mouths what they do not believe in their hearts.
    Former District Delegates Conference organized by Women’s Political Caucus on 2/2/2006 at Boulevard Hotel, Nairobi .
  • Women must protect their gains as prescribed in the Bomas Draft but within the context of a comprehensively sound Constitution. They must not seek a golden window in a house with a foundation of sand.

PLO Lumumba Quotes on Non-Violent Leadership

  • “Peace has had flirtatious relationship with this University. I want to be the High Priest who will preside over the marriage between peace and this University.”
    -Statement made on 9 th December, 1984 at the Great Court while delivering a speech at the inaugural ceremony as Chairman of the students Organization of Nairobi University (SONU) of the University of Nairobi.

PLO Lumumba Quotes on God and Religion

  • The God I worship is not weak. He will not be shaken by the establishment of the Kadhi’s Courts. He fights for me, I do not fight for Him. At least that is what I learn from the experience of the Israelites from Egypt to Canaan.
    -On the graduation day of Kenya Highlands Bible College , Kericho 31/1/2005
  • We must not use Christianity as a fig leaf to hide our moral nakedness. Let our words be wedded to our deeds.
    -On the graduation day of Kenya Highlands Bible College , Kericho 31/1/2005

PLO Lumumba Quotes on Peace

  • Our political leaders are fond of saying Kenya is an island of peace in a sea of turmoil. I am not convinced. We are in a state the Portuguese call ‘nom
  • guerra – non paz’; no war and no peace. How can we be peaceful and brother is rising against brother in Rift Valley and Coast Province ? How can we be peaceful while hunger and want is decimating our men and women?
    Statement made to the Press in 1997 during the Ethnic Clashes.

PLO Lumumba Quotes on Police

  • I am happy to join members of the Kenyan police who profess the Christian faith. Many Kenyans believe that being a police officer and a Christian are incompatible, very much like water and oil. But have we all not sinned and fallen short of the glory of both man and God and our perpetual cry should be mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.
    -Speaking to members of Christian Police Association of Kenya on 10 th April, 2002 at Highridge Teachers College on the subject ‘Value and cost of Law Enforcement.’
  • Our policemen and women must be like Boy Scouts and Girl Guides. They must act with the firmness that opens eyes and not with the arrogance that inflames anger.
    -Speaking to members of Christian Police Association of Kenya on 10 th April, 2002 at Highridge Teachers College on the subject ‘Value and cost of Law Enforcement.’

PLO Lumumba Quotes on Politics

  • But how can change be realized when our politicians suffer from amnesia and change political parties like they do their shirts. Kenya ‘s problem is tribal chieftaincy and opportunism.
    -Statement made on 23d March, 2001 following merger deal between Ufungamano and Parliamentary Select Committee.
  • “The road ahead is still tricky and will require a lot of patience, tolerance and level headedness. The people must be able to rise above divisions and do what is best for the country and not pander to partisan interests of certain individuals or sections of the society.” The country is bigger than individuals and must always be given its pride of place.
    Statement made on 23d March, 2001 following merger deal between Ufungamano and Parliamentary Select Committee.
  • Our political leaders have no sense of occasion. They say at funerals what they ought to say at weddings and at weddings what they ought to say at funerals. Confusion galore is their stock in trade.
    -Address to Kabarak High School Students 3/3/2006

PLO Lumumba Quotes on Press

  • “The press as a player in the field of democracy has a responsibility to convey truthful information about candidates and their policies to enable citizens make informed choices.”
    -Statement made on 13 th September, 2002 while presenting a paper during a two-day workshop in a Nairobi Hotel.
  • “I may not agree with Joseph Momoh of Sierra Leone on many things, but I do on one thing, that a Journalist with a pen in hand is like a soldier with a Kalashnikov in hand, he can use it to defend or to destroy.
    -Comment made during a press interview in December, 2002 in Nakuru.
  • The Journalist is the immediate successor of the town crier; he must not shout fire, in a crowded room when indeed there is no fire.

PLO Lumumba Quotes on Prisons

  • The African Prison is a death chamber. Let us remember that people are taken to prison as a punishment not for punishment.
    -At the 7 th Conference for the Eastern, Southern and Central (CESCA), Heads of Correctional Services on ‘Penal Reform Initiatives in Africa” held between 8 th to 12 th August, 2005 at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya.

PLO Lumumba Quotes on Self Esteem

  • If our young man and woman desire to compete with their counterparts from other countries, they must exorcise the ghost of self doubt and suckle from the breasts of knowledge. Knowledge is the potent antidote against underdevelopment.
    -On the occasion of Annual speech and Prize Giving Day at Pumwani Secondary School on 7/8/2003 speaking on the subject, ‘Self Esteem’.
  • If our country is to realize its full potential then the girl child must soar in education like the Eagle. It is not for nothing that we Africans say mother is supreme.
    -On the occasion of Parents Day at St. Angela’s Girls Secondary School , Kitui. 9th August, 2003
  • Parliamentarians must always remember that they are the people’s representatives. They must put themselves at the service of their Nation and not their Nation at their service as they often do.
    -Post election seminar for members of Parliament on 25/7/2003 , Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi , while speaking on the subject ‘The Legislature as an Institution.
  • Like gold passes through the furnace to gain its lustre, so must you pass through the furnace of schooling to realize your potential.
    24/6/2003 On the occasion of Speech Day at Maseno School .
  • Christians must be the salt of the earth, but before they combine their brigade with organs of the state to quell the billowing fires of socio-economic and political degradation that bedevil our country – they must agree on what will best quell the fire – the water of truth or the oil of political intrigue.
    Speaking on the subject of synchronism of Christianity and State on 4 th October, 2003 at the Invitation of Kenyatta University Christian Union.

PLO Lumumba Quotes on Service

  • “The tiger does not shout about its tigritude, you see the skeleton of an antelope and you know that some tigritude has emanated.” Follow my footsteps and let history be my judge.
    -Statement made on 13 th October, 2001 in an interview after taking the oath of office as Secretary to the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission.
  • “When you serve your country, you sacrifice personal comfort. Like the man for whom I am named, I prefer to die with my head high above with indestructible faith and profound belief in the destiny of my country, than to live in humility and renounce the principles which I consider sacred.”
    -Statement made on 13 th October, 2001 in an interview after taking oath of office.
  • “Man may be a political animal but there comes a time in a person’s life when true service must be the ultimate goal.” In the history of our country this is the time.
    -Statement made on 13 th October, 2001 in an interview after taking the oath of office.

PLO Lumumba Quotes on Success

  • There is no comparison between that which is lost by trying and that which is lost by not trying. We must therefore not burden God with minutiae. Praying without action is mere superstition. Faith must be accompanied by action.
  • Success is the verdict of history. You cannot claim success before History passes its objective verdict.
    -Address to Maseno University Staff and Students, 2002.
  • Success is failure turned inside out. If you want to graduate from a “Johny nobody” to a big “Kahuna” you must obey the divine Order to subdue the earth and have dominion over it; otherwise the earth will subdue you and have dominion over you.
    -At KICC Nairobi on the occasion of the Launch of Forever Living Products, 21/1/2006 .
  • That which ripens quickly rots quickly.
    -Statement made to the Press, 2002 in response to claims of delay in the Constitution Review Process.

PLO Lumumba Quotes on Truth and Justice

  • “I will not embrace cheap heroism by pretending to be afire eating pseudo-revolutionary. I prefer to be called names but I will remain a servant of my conscience and a warrior for truth and justice.”
    -Address to fellow students in December, 1984 at the Great Court , University of Nairobi .
  • Emotions without the benefit of intellect will only generate heat without producing light.
    -Statement made on 26 th May, 2002 at an International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament in Nairobi .
  • “Where there is no truth, there is no peace.”
    -Statement made on 26 th May, 2002 at an International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament in Nairobi .

PLO Lumumba Quotes on University

  • Our Universities must have umbilical cords with industry and society otherwise they will remain ivory towers where knowledge is pumped into the minds of our young men and women.
    -22 nd March, 2002 Egerton University
  • The so-called parallel degree may be based on noble ideals but it has also given birth to some students whose interest is the degree certificate without more.
    -Commenting on the introduction of parallel degree Programmes in Public Universities in 2002.

PLO Lumumba Quotes on Women and Girls

  • Verily, Verily, I tell you; any society that does not pay regard to the girl and her education is built on a foundation of sand.
    -Prize giving day, Moi Girls school, Nairobi 23/9/2005
  • We can adore women as our mothers, cherish them as our daughters, love them as our wives and yet despise them as human beings. I cannot understand this paradox.
    -Statement made in November, 2002 on the occasion of the Women’s Political Caucus Election Manifesto at Hilton Hotel, Nairobi .

PLO Lumumba Quotes on Youth

  • “A society that does not pay homage and respect to its youth is a society at adrift – a giant headed to the rocks, so said J. F Kennedy and so say I.”
    -The words of John F. Kennedy as quoted by him in an interview by the Standard Newspaper on the 13 th October, 2001 after taking the oath of office.
  • Kenya is to be great in fact and not in prospect then you young men and women must make a resolve today, that you are the young suckers that will take over when the old banana’s dies.
    Prize giving day at St. Mary’s School, Nairobi , 2005
  • The youth are the true barometers of the political and economic climate of any country. Therefore take your pride of place; you are not leaders of tomorrow, start serving today.
    -19 th April, 2002 , at Grand Regency Hotel addressing Marketing Students Association on the subject of The Role of the Youth in Kenya ‘s Political and Economic Transition.
  • I know we are looking forward to the General Elections and metaphorically speaking, from the Egypt of KANU misrule to the Canaan of a new dispensation; but I have my doubts fellow countrymen and women that those who represent change today are graduates of the KANU school of politics whose curriculum has no Course on change.
    -Holy Family Basilica, 11 th May, 2002 Speaking on the National Catholic Youth Centre on the Subject 2002 General Elections and Years Beyond


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