10 famous politicians whose politics started in campus

Student leadership was a start for these leaders
  • James Orengo was elected as SONU chair in 1972
  • Hassan Omar was chair of Moi University Students Organisation before he was expelled
  • Lumumba was elected Sonu chairman unopposed when he was studying law

Some of Kenya’s most popular politicians share an integral part of history with each other that they all learnt and perfected their fiery trade while in campus.

Their campus arena offered a perfect learning point that became a huge spring board to national politics.

Some are feared, celebrated or loathed at the same time, but one thing is for certain, they all have stood out one way or the other.

James Orengo

While studying law at the University of Nairobi, James Orengo was elected as SONU chair, a position he held from 1972 to 1973.

Kipchumba Murkomen

He was elected as the chair of the Kenya Law School Students Society at the University of Nairobi when he was studying law.

Hassan Omar

He served as the chair of Moi University Students Organisation before he was expelled.

Johnsone Sakaja

He was elected the vice chair of Actuarial Students Association at the University of Nairobi.

PLO Lumumba

Lumumba was elected Sonu chairman unopposed when he was studying law at the UoN.

Kabando wa Kabando

Former MP Kabando wa Kabando was elected Sonu chair 1992.

Miguna Miguna

The vocal lawyer who is also a barrister in Canada was elected Sonu chair in 1987.

Anyang Nyong’o

Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o were student leader at Makerere

Issac Ruto

Ruto was a student activist in the University of Nairobi and was detained for three months following e aftermath the 1982 coup attempt.

Babu Owino

Embakasi East Mp Babu Owino was the longest serving student leader after he was elected Sonu chair in 2011.

Ababu Namwamba

The former Budalangi legislator was a student leader at the University of Nairobi representing Parklands campus.


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