(27th June, 2020)
Guest Speaker
2. Prof. Patrick Loch Otieno (PLO) Lumumba is a Professor of Public Law, a holder of an LLD on the Law of the Sea from the University of Ghent, Belgium, LLM degree and LLB degree from the University of Nairobi. He has been trained on Humans Rights at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies University of London, UK, Humanitarian Law at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of the University of Lund, Sweden and on International Humanitarian Law in Geneva, Switzerland. He also holds Degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana.
He is an Advocate of the High Courts of Kenya and Tanganyika and a Certified Mediator. He is a former Director of the defunct Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC), (Now Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC)). He is the Founding Trustee of the African Institute for Leaders and Leadership (AILL).
He currently practices Law with Lumumba and Lumumba Advocates and coordinates activities under the aegis of the PLO Lumumba Foundation to which he is the founder.
The PLO Lumumba Foundation is a Non Governmental Organization established in 1991, and has chapters (branches) in 38 different African countries and representatives in the diaspora. The Foundation among other things, seeks to nurture young Africans into servant leadership and to feel proud of being African in view of contributing to the Africa we want. The Foundation has the PLO Lumumba School and Center, engages in book donation, provide support to needy but brilliant students, embarks on medical care and outreach, organizes excellence awards to deserving young people, and mentor young Africans under the prestigious PLO Africa Mentorship Program.
Prof. PLO Lumumba is a mentor and inspiring figure to many young people in Africa and beyond. As a staunch Pan Africanist, he has spent the last ten years traveling across Africa advocating for Africa’s unity and development.
Patrick was named after an African hero (Patrice Emerile Lumumba), and it seems his destiny was already set in stone as a young boy. Regarding his name, Lumumba had this to say in an interview, “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.”
Top Quotes by Prof. PLO Lumumba
1. “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.”
2. “Our country must morally re-arm. We cannot run a country where virtue is vice and vice is virtue. 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. 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.”
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