President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured the family of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and the nation that the Government will do all in its power to establish how Fidel died.
Speaking at the former Prime Minister’s home in Karen when he visited to condole with the family following the sudden death of their first born son, President Kenyatta said it was unfortunate that death has robbed the country of a “very promising young man”.
“I want to assure my brother Raila and the family that my Government will do all it can to get to know precisely what happened to our brother Fidel,” said the President.
The President paid glowing tribute to Fidel Odinga saying he was a true Kenyan who knew no political or tribal boundaries.
He assured the family of his support and that of his Government during this difficult time.
Former Prime Minister recalled the last moments he had with his son, saying though the family is mourning, they thank God for the time they shared with their son.
He said his son was “very sociable and had no grudges with anybody”.
He thanked the President, leaders and Kenyans of all walks of life who have turned up to condole with them and also sent messages to console the family.
The former Prime Minister quoted the Bible, saying everything has its time and reason and that all they can do is to “give God the glory he deserves”.
Raila’s wife, Ida, described his son as “very friendly”, a person who made his personal connections with people of all walks of life.
“Fidel was loved by very many people. He used to reach across barriers, some of his best friends are people you never thought he knew,” she said.
ODM Secretary-General Ababu Namwamba said Fidel cherished peace and harmony and called on Kenyans to be calm as they mourn him. Others who spoke were Senator Moses Wetang’ula and ODM Chairman John Mbadi.
Leaders and Kenyans of all walks of life were at the brief function. They included governors, senators, MPs and MCAs from across the political divide.