Cord leader Raila Odinga condemned the youths who booed some leaders during the funeral service for his departed son, Fidel, at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology.
Mr Odinga, in his speech at the service, said the habit was primitive and the youth were an embarrassment.
Speaking in dholuo, Mr Odinga said it was wrong for anyone to boo a person who had travelled from far to stand in solidarity with a bereaved family.
“In our culture, we believe whoever stands with you at a time of grief is your friend,” he told the mourners. “How do you turn around and boo such people and try to stop them from speaking?”
Among those heckled even as Mr Odinga gestured at the youths to calm down were Cabinet Secretaries Raychelle Omamo (Defence) and Charity Ngilu (Lands and Housing).
The youth threw plastic bottles at Ms Omamo, who withstood heavy heckling as she read a condolence message from President Kenyatta.
The Cord leader specifically condemned the booing of Ms Omamo, whom he described as a daughter of Bondo known very well to its residents.
She is the daughter of former minister William Odongo Omamo, who was once the MP for Bondo and Muhoroni.
A DECENT BURIAL
“Uhuru was with me at home and in church to mourn Fidel. He deployed the entire State machinery to ensure Fidel gets a decent burial, then all you do is shout down his messenger. It is wrong!” said Mr Odinga. The conduct was a show of lack of respect among the youths, whom he said needed the help of those they shouted at, he added.
He thanked the President for supporting his family. “The government helped us and I must say it in public.”
His wife, Ida, expressed the family’s remorse, saying the incidents were not their wish. She asked the public and the affected leaders to forgive the family.
“We pray that our friends will not attribute the uncontrollable incidents to our family,” said Mrs Odinga.
Mr Odinga’s older brother, Dr Oburu Oginga, and Siaya Senator James Orengo reprimanded the youths for attempting to stop Ms Ngilu from addressing mourners. “Ngilu is here because she is one of us. She feels that Raila’s grief is her grief,” said Dr Oginga.