Kenyan President has vowed to do all in his can, to get to the bottom of the circumstances under which former Prime Minister’s eldest son Fidel Odinga passed away last Sunday morning.
Fidel Odinga, was found dead in his Karen home, Nairobi in unclear circumstances. Police are still raking clues to the cause of death of the youthful businessman-cum politician.
The son of Kenya’s main opposition man Raila Odinga is said to have been in the company of friends at popular high end hotel in Westlands moments before he was found dead.
Earlier on Saturday, reports say, Fidel had gone to wish his father Raila New Year tidings in the day because they had not met since the New Year.
While speaking this afternoon at the requiem mass held at All Saints Cathedral in the capital Nairobi, President Kenyatta said that despite being tied to the opposition, Fidel greatly cherished piece and dialogue.
His life, Kenyatta said carried several lessons that Kenyans could use to bring about unity and stability.
“As we mourn this friend, and share as a nation united by grief, there’s a lot we can learn from the life of Fidel that will help heal and unite our country,” he said at the event that was also attended by the Prime minister, and several government heads.
“Key is the fact that it’s possible that we can have a one nation of Kenya and the onus is on us as leaders to see that happen.”
Kenyatta told hundreds of mourners that Fidel intended to hold talks with him, weeks before he died.
“At the beginning of December he told me that he wanted us to meet, I accepted that we find some time. Unfortunately that never came to pass.”
Kenyatta also revealed that previously, “Fidel would come via my office on his way to see his father. And we’d talk about issues.”
The president said he was ready and would push on with the idea of dialoging with anyone for the good of the country.
He noted, “I have no issues whatsoever is sitting and talking and bringing people together. There has been enough of shouting at one another; we now need to do more of talking.”
“It s what Fidel was good at. He could move away from shouting. That’s how relations and respect is build. Let’s learn to talk to each other.
Fidel will be laid to rest on Saturday at his father’s home in Bondo.