P. L. O. Lumumba

Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba (born 17 July 1962) is a Kenyan who served as the Director of the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission from September 2010 to August 2011.[2] Since 2014, Lumumba has been the Director of The Kenya School of Law.[3] An eloquent lawyer, Lumumba earned his LL.B and LL.M degrees at the University of Nairobi. His LL.M thesis is titled National Security And Fundamental Rights. Additionally, Lumumba holds a PhD in Laws of the Sea from the University of Ghent in Belgium. Lumumba is a staunch Pan-Africanist and has delivered several powerful speeches alluding to or about African solutions to African problems.

P. L. O. Lumumba
Director of Kenya School of Law
Assumed office
March 2014
DeputyMs. Margaret Muigai
Preceded byProf. Bitonye Kulundu
Director of Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission
In office
September 2010 – August 2017
PresidentMwai Kibaki
Preceded byAaron Ringera
Personal details
Born (1962-07-17) 17 July 1962 (age 60)
Alma materUniversity of Nairobi (LL.B), (LL.M)
Kenya School of Law (PGDip)
Ghent University (PhD)
PositionsFounder, PLO Lumumba Fndn[1]
Dean, School of Law, Kabarak University

He is an admirer of Patrice Lumumba and Thomas Sankara, the assassinated revolutionary leaders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burkina Faso, respectively. Lumumba has referred to and quoted them several times in his speeches. Lumumba is also remembered for his emotion-laden and energetic speech in Uganda at the third Anti-Corruption Convention. On August 28, 2015, the PAV Ansah Foundation invited Lumumba to speak at the 2015 PAVA Forum on "Good Governance and tiop, Whither Africa?"[4]

2015 PAVA ForumEdit

At the lecture, Lumumba expressed his serious concern about the energy crises that African leaders have allowed to reach such a devastating stage. Lumumba also talked about the issue of African youth fleeing the continent. Lumumba blamed them on the economic hardships and the "misgovernment" from their leaders. Lumumba encouraged African leaders to rise to the challenge of changing the fortunes of the continent.[1] In 2017, Lumumba gave a moving speech to youths in Kenya on importance of making bold choice at The Fearless conference 2017.

Anti-Corruption TsarEdit

Lumumba served as the Director of Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission for less than a year and was dismissed under controversial circumstances.[5] Lumumba attempted "to slay the elusive corruption dragon to no avail", and "will especially be remembered for [his] contributions in fighting corruption in an environment where all odds were against [him]".[6]

Personal lifeEdit

In his spare time, Lumumba is known to practice martial arts and is a third dan black belt in Shotokan Karate. He claims to have practiced martial arts since 1975.[7]


Lumumba has written several books on law and politics:


  1. ^ "Advisory Board". plofoundation.com. Archived from the original on 27 October 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  2. ^ "EACC History". www.eacc.go.ke. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  3. ^ App, Daily Nation. "Lumumba named law school boss". Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  4. ^ "'Dumsorisation' of Africa must stop – P.L.O Lumumba". 29 August 2015.
  5. ^ Jeremy Horder; Peter Alldridge (25 April 2013). Modern Bribery Law: Comparative Perspectives. Cambridge University Press, 2013. p. 30. ISBN 9781107354968.
  6. ^ Sonye, D. (9 October 2014). The Dragon Called Corruption. LULU Press 2014. p. 60. ISBN 9781312534834.
  7. ^ "Karate Black Belt PLO Lumumba talks martial arts & the spiritual benefits". BudoDragon. 2020-11-06. Retrieved 2020-11-17.

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