Ababu Namwamba is a Kenyan politician and lawyer who has the proverbial nine lives of a cat. He was conferred the Order of the Elder of the Golden Heart (EGH) in 2012, the highest civilian national honor of Kenya by former president Mwai Kibaki. He has kept a low profile as the politics of 2022 take shape. Here is the bio of a man you would describe as the consummate politician.
Ababu was born on 23rd December 1975 in Jinja, Uganda but his family relocated to Kenya due to Idi Amin’s reign of terror.
He attended Milimani Nursery, Eldoret, Port Victoria Primary School, Western and Kolanya Boys High School, Teso North.
Upon completing his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), he joined the University of Nairobi where he studied law from 1993 to 1997. Later, he joined the Kenya School of Law then did his Master of Laws Degree (LLM) in international law at Washington College of Law, USA and graduated in 2004.
He is the last born in a family of eight children, six boys and 2 girls.
Mama Agatha Maina Namwamba is the name of his mother and his father is the late Peter Namwamba Lwecheche.
While still at the university, he was elected student leader in 1996. During this time, he chaired the Kenya Law Students society and got a chance to meet great people, such as former United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan. This opened up his mind and he knew he wanted to work in the diplomacy field.
He joined Public Law institute (PLI), Kenya’s first ever civil society organization for public interest where he worked until 2002.
After leaving PLI, he founded the chambers of justice, a public interest trust that he ran as chief counsel until 2007. The lawyer also formed his own law firm called Ababu Namwamba Attorneys-at-law.