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.