Five ways James Orengo has proved to be brilliant lawyer
By Dr. Okeyo Benards
| September 1st 2017
The petition at the Supreme Court had many things to admire and admonish; from the bar to the bench and from the courtroom to the national audience. In all, I must give it to the president of the court for creating a free yet mature atmosphere that allowed debate and submissions. I think many of those who followed the petitions admired his calm, smiling and assuring face. In many cases he did not appear to impose it on the bar nor the audience and he seamlessly allowed the court’s authority to sprout and grow by itself – as it really should.
There was equally pomp and fun-fare, the robes by both the bar and the bench were well fitting, the altercation at the entry to the court premises particularly by the leading petitioners generated some highs and lows. The insistence of the court to have all counsel robed in my view, removed attraction from the physical appearance of the parties to real issues at hand. And in the words of the Facebook founder Mark Zurkerberger – the putting on of same clothes everyday removes the burden of changing the wardrobe and the attention that comes with it while putting more emphasis on crucial aspects of life.
James Orengo is and will continue to be a core member of the NASA campaign team in their pursuit to attain political power. If the team won, Orengo would be one of the key pillars to be celebrated, if the team got bruised Orengo would bare a good chunk of the wound. In my analysis, Orengo was so emotionally involved to sustain an objective onslaught against their opponents in an impartial court of law.
During the entire court sessions Orengo, became friendly to both the courts and his adversaries, never to annoy or utter a word that could attract their denial. In all the sessions – sometimes running till late in the night, he never, not once attracted the negative wrath of the judges. In many cases, he tried to make things easy and even simple like when he offered without much resistance to take back his teams report meant to accompany the court’s sanctioned report on the forms 34As, 34Bs and 34Cs as well as the IEBC servers.
His responses were calculated, respectful and sometimes remorseful. He was the exact opposite of the James Orengo in the campaign trail – where statements were made without caution. He sort to calmly yet concisely prove his points – he did not at any point raise his voice nor frown at the interjections of the court or opponents. He appeared to have divorced his political interests in the matter and just so easily without showing any trace of it. He behaved like a man under a unique spiritual guidance. His tone and body language became acceptable – he won the acceptance of the court and even that of his objective opponents. In simple words, he was a godsend to represent the NASA coalition in this petition.
And folks, James Orengo brought with him a special gift – he was not one to be compromised. We have heard many things go wrong in courts, where counsel develops cold feet for one reason or the other. The NASA coalition had not doubts in their minds that Orengo could be not be compromised – in fact even dare devils would never have tried to compromise his beliefs and convictions.
Lastly readers, I learnt one big lesson from it all; that there are things you cannot do or achieve for the allure of money. The way Orengo James carried himself, the way he has led the counsel against the Jubilee, the force and stamina with which he has pushed their agenda, the fidelity to the beliefs of his coalition are unmeasurable, and it cannot be paid by any monetary terms. That service must have been given free – any gifts/rewards attached notwithstanding.
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