Raila tells party fol­low­ers to em­u­late late Otieno Ka­jwang’

‘Otieno was one of the great­est sol­diers ODM and I had around. He was al­ways there to en­er­gise our team’

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ODM lead­ers should em­u­late the late Homa Bay Sen­a­tor Otieno Ka­jwang’s style of lead­er­ship, party chief Raila Odinga has said.

He said Ka­jwang was a staunch sup­porter of ODM and was ready to de­fend the party at all costs. Raila spoke yes­ter­day af­ter lay­ing a wreath at Ka­jwang’s mau­soleum in Waondo, Homa Bay county.

Present were gov­er­nors Has­san Joho (Mom­basa) and Cyprian Awiti (Homa Bay), Sen­a­tors Boy Juma Boy (Kwale) and Moses Ka­jwang’ (Homa Bay).

ODM na­tional chair­man John Mbadi (Suba) and his deputy chair­man Paul Otuoma (Fun­yula) were among other ODM leg­is­la­tors present.

Ka­jwang died un­der­go­ing treat­ment at the Mater Hospi­tal on Novem­ber 19, 2014.

Doc­tors had treated Ka­jwang’ for high blood pres­sure as well as car­diac ar­rest.

Raila said Ka­jwang used to con­sult the ODM lead­er­ship, de­spite un­der­stand­ing the party af­fairs and struc­tures well.

“Otieno was one of the great­est sol­diers ODM and I had around. He was al­ways there to en­er­gise our team for a no­ble cause,” he said.

Raila urged party lead­ers to em­u­late Ka­jwang’s at­ti­tude, not­ing that his loy­alty saw him rise in the party.

“Ka­jwang’s tire­less fight for the party made him re­ceive a dis­tin­guished plat­inum award. Ev­ery­one should em­brace his in­spir­ing spirit,” he said.

Raila de­scribed Ka­jwang’ as a good strate­giser, able to ap­proach is­sues with a clear mind.

He said Ka­jwang’s in­tel­li­gence en­abled him to com­pose the pop­u­lar ‘bado mapambano’ [the strug­gle con­tin­ues] slo­gan which in­spires peo­ple to sol­dier on dur­ing times of strug­gle.

Joho and Awiti said they are deter­mined to en­sure the vi­sion of the late Ka­jwang’ is ful­filled.

“Ka­jwang’ yearned for a Raila pres­i­dency and I can as­sure you that we are out to make this come to pass in 2017,” Joho said.

The lead­ers urged party sup­port­ers to reg­is­ter as vot­ers in readi­ness for the 2017 polls.

“We don’t want to see voter ap­a­thy dur­ing elec­tions. We have to en­sure Raila wins the pres­i­dency,” Joho said.

Ka­jwang’ was elected to rep­re­sent Mbita con­stituency in the 2007 elec­tion.

In 2013, he was elected the Homa Bay sen­a­tor.

Upon his death, his brother Moses Ka­jwang’ won the elec­tion to suc­ceed him.

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ODM leader Raila Odinga lays a wreath at the late Otieno Ka­jwang’s mau­soleum in Homa Bay county yes­ter­day

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