James Omingo Magara

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James Omingo Magara (born 1961) is a Kenyan politician. He belongs to the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and was the MP for South Mugirango Constituency in the National Assembly of Kenya up till 2009. He first won the seat in the by-elections in 2001 on Ford-Kenya ticket, replacing his brother Enoch Nyakieya Magara of Ford-Kenya, who had died in a car accident.[1] He retained the seat at the 2002 elections, but now representing Ford-People,[2] and in the 2007 elections representing ODM.[3] He was the assistant minister of trade until December 2009 the High court of Kenya declared the South Mugirango parliamentary seat vacant due to irregularities in the election process, although Magara himself was not found guilty of any rigging.[4] Subsequent South Mugirango by-election was held in June 2010. Magara decamped to the little-known People's Democratic Party (PDP) after being denied ODM's nomination apparently because ha had fallen out of favour with party leader Raila Odinga. The by-election was won by Manson Nyamweya of Ford-People, who beat Magara and Ibrahim Ochoi of ODM.[5]


  1. ^ Daily Telegraph, 3 August 2009: Dismissed minister shot dead in Kenya
  2. ^ Center for Multiparty Democracy: Politics and Parliamentarians in Kenya 1944–2007 Archived 28 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Members Of The 10th Parliament Archived 16 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine.. Parliament of Kenya. Accessed 19 June 2008.
  4. ^ Daily Nation, 17 December 2009: Magara loses South Mugirango seat
  5. ^ Daily Nation, 11 June 2010: Nyamweya wins South Mugirango poll