Paul Kobia set to reach out to the Odinga’s over remarks on Fidel’s death

Businessman Paul Kobia is contemplating reaching out to Cord leader Raila Odinga to officially apologise over reckless remarks attributed to him about Fidel Odinga’s death.

It was reported that Kobia said he knows the cause of Fidel’s death


He reportedly made those remarks at the village market after causing a scuffle.

Kobia, who is said to be admitted at the Chiromo Lane Medical Centre for psychiatric examination, is apprehensive that Fidel’s supporters may feel the remarks were made in bad faith and therefore target him.

His friends have also advised him to officially disown the words and condole with the Odinga family to defuse the impact of his remarks.

Ruth Odinga denies abusing Fidel’s ex wife

Kisumu Deputy Governor Ruth Odinga has denied insulting Veronicah Wanjiru, the first wife of Fidel Odinga, who was buried on Saturday in Bondo.

Ruth, who is Cord leader Raila Odinga’s sister, said she never talked about Wanjiru’s ability to bear children during Fidel’s funeral service at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology on Saturday.

“I am a champion of women and I would never talk about that in public. I got to where I am because of championing for women. It would be against my principles to say such a thing,” Ruth told the Star on phone yesterday.

“What I said is that at first I was not in support of their marriage before I knew Veronicah well. What Oburu said is his own statement.”

Senator Emma Mbura criticised nominated MP Oburu Oginga’s sentiments that Wanjiru was barren as she could not get a child during her four-year marriage to Fidel.

She wants Oburu to apologise to all Kenyan women for “insulting them”.

Ruth said she gets along well with Wanjiru and Fidel’s widow Lwam Bekele.

“I respect women because I am a woman. How can I say such a thing?” Ruth asked.

She said she knows a lot of women, even in her own family, who are barren but she would never talk about them in any forum.

“Veronicah is my friend even today and I have nothing against her,” Ruth said.

– The Star

We are sorry for Bondo heckling, ODM apologises to Uhuru

The heckling of Defence CS Raychelle Omamo at Fidel Odinga’s funeral was “undeserving and unfortunate”, ODM Secretary General Ababu Namwamba has said.

Namwamba apologised on behalf of ODM to President Uhuru Kenyatta whose condolence message Omamo was forced to cut short.

A section of mourners booed Omamo nearly tearing her statement when they got onto the podium.

“Even if we are not party to this, I want to apologise to the President that he did not deserve that after supporting the programmes when we were preparing for Fidel’s burial.”

Namwamba said the “unappealing scenes and hostility” at the funeral of a person who unified parties were uncalled for.

“Since Fidel’s death we have been drumming up and amplifying the spirit of tolerance and accommodation which has been manifest even from the President when he attended the requiem mass,” Namwamba said.

“The President was more accommodative and even gave us a lot of support as we arranged for burial. For anyone to behave in a manner that appears to humiliate the President is shameful and completely out of order.”

He said the hecklers owe Raila an apology for causing disturbance while he mourned his son.

ODM further asked Jubilee to accept the spirit of dialogue “not as an event but as a culture” in which leaders cross ranks to consult on matters of national interest.

“We are not talking of an event over a cup of tea. The culture of dialogue places obligation on all of us – the opposition and even more premium on government – to demonstrate goodwill and commitment to consult,” Namwamba said.


Fidel’s final journey

Thousands of mourners have started arriving at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology to pay their last respect to Fidel Odinga.

Hundreds of mourners camped outside the venue after failing to secure accommodation for the night, while transport to Bondo remain a challenge due to the high numbers of people travelling for the funeral service.

The service is expected to kick off at about 10am.

There is tight security with the regular and administration police keeping vigil to ensure smooth flow of traffic and no incident has so far been witnessed.

Business in Odinga’s homestead thrived with people reaping a fortune from the sale of Fidel calendars, T-Shirts and any accessory associated with the fallen hero.

On Friday hundreds of mourners thronged the home of Former Prime  Minister Raila Odinga in Bondo to receive the body of Fidel Odinga moments after it arrived from Kisumu.

Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong joined his Siaya counterpart Cornel Rasanga for the funeral service presided over by Anglican Bishop of Maseno West Diocese, Joseph Wesonga.

Among other dignitaries present included Siaya Senator James Orengo, former Westlands MP Fred Gumo, Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi, Busia Speaker Bernard Wamalwa, Matungu MP David Were and a host of other MPs from Nyanza.

A large portrait of the late Fidel was mounted next to his casket at the home of his Father Raila Odinga.

Delivering his sermon, Bishop Wesonga said death is devastating to families and urged Christians to take all their problems.

He appealed to Kenyans to offer spiritual nourishment to the Odinga family to enable them overcome the pain of losing their beloved son.

Governor Ojaamong offered foodstuffs to help the  Odinga family feed thousands of mourners who are expected at the burial of  Fidel “Jenerali” on Saturday

– The Star

Raila says Fidel did not die a natural death

Cord leader Raila Odinga has told mourners in Kisumu that his son Fidel did not die a natural death.

Speaking during Fidel’s requiem mass at the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground in Kisumu on Friday, Raila said his son did not show any signs of ailments prior to his death.

“Fidel did not die a natural death. We are looking forward to a report on investigations into his death as promised by the Government yesterday (Thursday),” Raila said.

Without further elaboration, Raila said Fidel’s death may be the beginning of “something else and we must remain steadfast.”

“We know where we are coming from and where we are going. Let Fidel’s death not distract our agenda,” he said. He thanked all Kenyans for their condolence messages.

Homa Bay Town MP Opondo Kaluma, who monitored Fidel’s post mortem with lawyers James Orengo (Siaya Senator) and Tom Kajwang’ (Ruaraka) said “the examination which only revealed he suffered mild throat pain is an indication he may have been killed.”

ODM will dispatch a team of legal experts and medics to Germany to further probe Fidel’s death, Siaya Senator James Orengo said.

Orengo said the results of the autopsy done locally will also be dispatched.

“Luos were not imported to Kenya from other countries. Luos are also within the 42 tribes in Kenya and should be respected as well,” he said.

The mourners supported the need for a conclusive probe but heckled Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma who did not speak.

Fidel’s body arrived aboard a Kenya Air Force plane for the viewing held at Jomo Kenyatta Sports Grounds.

Members of the Kenya Rugby Football Club for which he was chairman carried his casket to a hearse amid tight security by regular and administration police.

Shops remained closed while hundreds walked and drove to join thousands others at the venue

– The Star

Fidel’s body arrives in Kisumu

Military helicopter carrying the body of the late Fidel Odinga has arrived in Kisumu. An interdenominational prayer service and a public viewing will be held  at the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground before the body is taken to his father’s home in Bondo.  Crowds have already gathered at the sports ground ready  to give Fidel a good send off. His body will then be moved to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University for the final mass on Saturday, ahead of the burial.

IMG-20150109-WA0014Military helicopter carrying Fidel’s body arrives in Kisumu


Crowds waiting for Fidel’s body at Jomo Kenyatta sports ground

Generous Siaya residents donate 40 bulls, Sh200,000 for Fidel’s funeral

Residents of Nyang’oma sub-location on Thursday donated 40 bulls, Sh200,000 and 50 sacks of flour for the thousands of mourners expected to attend Fidel Odinga’s burial on Saturday.

Siaya Deputy Governor Ouma Onyango who is the Bondo funeral committee chairman said the contributions were an indication of how much the locals revere Raila’s family.

“By Saturday there will be more than enough contributions in food and refreshments to carter for about 10,000 mourners who are expected to attend the burial,” Onyango told the press at Kang’o village where Fidel will be buried.

He said ACK blessed the burial site before the digging of the grave began on Thursday afternoon.

Onyango added that arrangements at the burial site, and at Jaramogi Odinga University, Bondo where the funeral service will be held, are expected to be completed by Thursday.


Tight security at Fidel’s public viewing, police boss assures no chaos

The public viewing of Fidel Odinga’s body is ongoing amid tight security at Lee Funeral Home. Cord leader Raila Odinga and other family members viewed the body then left for their home in Karen.

Nairobi Police Commander Benson Kabue, terming the mourners’ security a top priority, said his team will keep guard until the viewing ends. Speaking at a press briefing in Karen, Kabue further warned ODM’s ‘men in black’ against causing any disruptions.

“There will be no traffic inconvenience for Nairobians today during the viewing of Fidel’s body and the requiem mass on Thursday,” he also assured.

Relatives, friends and politicians thronged Raila’s home to offer their condolences on Wednesday morning. The requiem mass will be held at All Saints Cathedral and the burial in Bondo on Saturday.


Public viewing of Fidel’s body set for today at Lee

A public viewing of Fidel Odinga’s body will be held today at the Lee Funeral home from 2pm to 4pm. A requiem mass is slated for Thursday at the All Saints Cathedral before his burial at Kang’o Kajaramogi farm in Bondo,on Saturday.

Speaking to the press on Monday, Joe Kager who is the family spokesman urged the public to mourn the son of Cord leader Raila Odinga honourably and respectfully. Fidel died at this Karen home on Sunday after a night out.


Pathologists say tests on Fidel inconclusive

Pathologists said an autopsy carried out on the body of Fidel Odinga on Tuesday was unable to determine what killed him.

The government and family pathologists said that the first rounds of tests were unsuccessful saying that they will embark on a second round of tests Fidel who was the eldest son of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga passed was found dead at his Karen home Sunday morning.

Journalists had earlier on Tuesday camped at the Lee Funeral Home awaiting a verdict on the cause of death, however, the results were not made public until the statement later in the evening.

At around 11 00 am, the sister to the former Prime Minister Ruth Odinga who is also the Deputy Governor of Kisumu County arrived at the Lee Funeral Home accompanied by some friends. She later left the venue after a few minutes.


President Kenyatta consoles Raila family

President Uhuru has joined Kenyans in mourning the death of Fidel Odinga, the son of Cords leader Raila Odinga. He says,  “It is with a deep sense of loss and shock that i learnt of the death of the former Prime Minister’s son, Fidel. ”

He has described Fidel’s death as robbing the nation of a promising young man whose contribution to nation building will be missed. He also added that it is a big loss both for Raila’s family and the entire country.

“On behalf of my family, the Government and the people of Kenya, and on my own behalf, please accept our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences. I pray that God grants you the strength and courage to bear this tragic loss,” he added.