James Orengo is a Kenyan lawyer, a well known human rights activist and a prominent politician who is the current senator for Siaya. 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.[

Orengo was elected as an MP for Ugenya Constituency as a KANU candidate in a by-election in 1980, making him the youngest MP in Kenya at the time, at age 29. He was elected as a member of parliament for Ugenya constituency in 1992 and served up to 1997, and again in 1997; thereafter he served until 2002. In 2002, he vied for the presidency and lost. In 2005, he joined the Orange Democratic Movement party, teaming up with the right honourable Raila Amolo Odinga after a significant stand-off between the two following a fallout from 2002. In 2007, he vied for the position of Ugenya MP, which he won, enabling him to serve in that capacity until 2013. He was appointed as a Minister of Lands from 2008 to 2013. He was elected and has served in the Senate of Kenya since 2013 as senator for Siaya County.


He was born James Aggrey Bob Orengo in 1951 in Ugenya constituency in Siaya County, Kenya Colony to Apolo Stefano Olunga Orengo and Josfina Atieno Olunga Orengo. In 1958


he started attending Ambira Primary School, where he finished his primary education in 1964. He joined the Alliance High School in January 1965, and finished form four education in 1970. In 1971, he joined the University of Nairobi to study law, wherein he became the university president in 1973. In 1974, he graduated from the University of Nairobi with Bachelor of Laws LL.B, and later enrolled at the prestigious Kenya School of Law, and subsequently passed his bar examination and thus admitted into the Kenya legal Council


Bob Orengo, Micheal Orengo, Zeni Orengo, Steven Orengo, Josephine Orengo, Lynette Orengo


he is married Betty Kaari Murungi

James Orengo Political Career

Reforms and multi-party democracy

Orengo became well known for his fight against the 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.

James Orengo Parliamentary Career

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.

James Orengo 2002 Presidential run

Orengo ran for the 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.

James Orengo 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 Archbishop Stephen Ondiek.

The James Orengo prophesy that is haunting Jubilee politicians

On January 5, 2017, Siaya County Senator James Orengo stood on the floor of the Senate during a debate on Election Laws (Amendment) Act 2016 and made a statement that has now returned to haunt Jubilee leaders two years down the line.

The indefatigable Senior Counsel, while gesturing towards the opposite side of the House composed mainly of Senators from the ruling party, said:

“Sometimes revolutions eat their own children… governments eat their own people. This government is going to punish you more than they will punish me, I am telling you. In another one year you’ll be crying in my office to come and represent you.”

The Senate Majority leader, in uttering those words, was seemingly warning leaders from the ruling party to be careful with the power they wield because the very government they belonged to would one day turn against them.

Fast forward to 2019 and a “post handshake” era and the tough-talking Orengo and his words, nay, prophecy, have been vindicated.

Jubilee is still largely intact, on paper, but in reality, there is Kieleweke and Tanga Tanga, the two camps pitting President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.

Tanga Tanga team is vouching for a Ruto presidency while Kieleweke is largely opposed to it and increasingly, these two are locking horns a lot.

casualty is Kiharu Member of Parliament (MP) Ndindi Nyoro who is on record supporting Kenyan police officers during the electioneering period.

Following his recent run-ins with the law enforcers, during one of which he almost spent the night in Citizen TV offices as they were waiting for him outside the gates, he has now seemingly changed tune and is now castigating them; the angels have now become villains in his eyes.