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Professor Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba to speak at Africa Day celebrations at Wits

- Wits University

The Kenyan scholar, pan-Africanist and advocate will deliver the Africa Day keynote talk at Wits this Friday, 4 May 2018, at 12:30.

He will speak on the topic: Militarisation of democracy and democratic space: implication for higher education and engage in a panel discussion entitled, Revisiting militarisation of democracy and democratic space: implication for higher education at 14:00 with Wits academics Dr Dania Mupotsa and Dr  Samuel Ravengai.

Lumumba is an Associate Professor of Public Law and founding Dean of the Kabarak University School of Law in Kenya. He was recently appointed Head of the Nairobi debt audit team, which follows his earlier position as the founding Chairman of the Association of the Citizens Against Corruption.

An alumnus of the University of Nairobi, he obtained his PhD on the Law of the Sea from the University of Ghent, Belgium. Lumumba is passionate about Africa, governance, youth and has written several books on politics and law including Criminal Procedure in Kenya, An outline of Judicial Review in Kenya, Kenya’s long search for a Constitution: The Postponed Promise and Judicial Review and Administrative Law

His vision for Africa and contribution in the fight against corruption has earned him numerous awards and recognition. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Cape Coast in Ghana and he is a fellow of various bodies.

The Africa Day celebrations at Wits take place ahead of the annual May 25 activities which commemorate the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on 25 May 1963. The OAU was later renamed the African Union.

The Wits celebrations will conclude with an African Classics and Jazz Concert at 19:30 in the Great Hall.

Nomthandazo Mkhize Solomon, a well-known figure in the South African classical music scene, will lead performers in this tribute to Mother Africa.