Three rifles, 1,900 bullets found in Fidel’s room

TAKE HEART: President Uhuru Kenyatta consoles Raila Odinga and his wife Ida Odinga following the death of their son Fidel Odinga, when he visited them at their Karen home yesterday

TAKE HEART: President Uhuru Kenyatta consoles Raila Odinga and his wife Ida Odinga following the death of their son Fidel Odinga, when he visited them at their Karen home yesterday

Detectives investigating the mystery death of Fidel Castro Odinga yesterday stumbled on a cache of firearms and ammunition in his Karen residence.

The cops retrieved three rifles, a pistol, and about 2,000 bullets at the Bel Air Country Homes residence in the upmarket Karen suburb.

The firearms and ammo were found in a safe alongside a bulletproof jacket and were legally owned by Fidel, a licensed firearms certificates holder.

The police took away the firearms and ammo for safekeeping as investigations continued.

On Sunday, several documents and a briefcase were taken from Fidel’s house and placed in one of his father’s cars in which the parents had driven to his residence in response to a distress call from his wife Lwam Gatachew Bekele.

Fidel and a number of close friends spent most of Saturday after lunchtime together and visited a number of high-end entertainment venues until 3am Sunday.

The stopovers included the Capital Club Imperial, Artcaffe in The Oval, and the Sankara Hotel, all in Westlands.

Meanwhile, the postmortem on Fidel’s body at the Lee Funeral Home was postponed yesterday afternoon.

The postmortem was postponed at the last minute as President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto visited the former Prime Minister’s residence in Karen to condole with the family. Family members are required to be present whenever a postmortem is conducted.

The police recorded statements from eight people who were among the last friends who spent part of Saturday night with him.

Among the people Detectives led by Nairobi County Criminal Investigations Officer Ireri Kamwende took statements from were Fidel’s first cousin Billy Yaya and his girlfriend Lucy, close friend Robert Gicheru and the driver of the Smart Fellas Company taxicab who drove Fidel from Westlands to Bel Air Country Homes along Karen’s Miotoni Road.

The eight who had also been interviewed by police on Sunday at Fidel’s residence, were required to narrate what happened, what they ate and drank and who was with them during the night prior to Fidel’s death.

Meanwhile, the burial arrangements have been finalised and it has been confirmed that the father of one will be buried on Saturday at the Odingas’ ancestral home in Bondo county.

Fidel leaves behind his widow Lwam and a year-old son, Raila.

The funeral committee chaired by family spokesman Joe Ager announced the burial date and venue yesterday afternoon following a series of meetings from Sunday evening.

Ager also said that a trustfund in honour of Fidel, described by his friends and supporters as generous, will be launched soon.

Members of the public will have a chance to view Fidel’s body tomorrow morning at the Lee Funeral Home.

The body will then be removed on Thursday for the funeral mass at the All Saints’ Cathedral before being flown to the Odinga’s rural home on Friday morning, with a stopover in Kisumu and later onwards to Bondo.

Another round of public viewing will also be conducted in Bondo before his final journey the following day to his grandfather, the late Jaramogi Oginga Odinga’s, homestead in Bondo.

Initially, the mass was to be conducted at Nairobi’s Coptic Church, along Valley Road, where Fidel was baptised.

However, the decision was changed by the committee, following consultations with the family.

– The Star





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