NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 14 – Retired President Daniel Moi on Thursday afternoon eulogised the late assistant minister for Internal Security Orwa Ojode, as a dependable person who would have continued rising through the ranks.
Speaking when he visited the late assistant minister’s home in Runda, Moi said that the fact that Ojode made friends with persons from rival parties and his zeal for work made him earn trust from many people.
“He was a friend to everyone; his friendship was across political parties. He was a worthy leader of tomorrow… a leader who could b trusted,” said Moi.
He called on the Kenyan youths to emulate the spirit that the late minister showed in his commitment to working and the way he was non-partisan in discharging his duties.
“I hope that many young people will emulate his stand in leadership; he stood for the nation of Kenya, a dedicated person in his work and defending the security of Kenya,” added the former president.
On Wednesday, Moi said that he was saddened by the death of former Internal Security Minister George Saitoti (who died with Ojode in a helicopter crash), and revealed that he was helping his one-time deputy to clinch the presidency in next year’s general election.
“George did not quarrel with anyone; he was a man of few words and during this period I was trying to help him fight for the presidency in Kenya so we have been talking all the time,” the retired president said.
“Now that he has passed away I pray God will give Kenya a good leader who will unite Kenyans and one who will work for the good of Kenyans,” he added.
Earlier on Thursday, President Mwai Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, dozens of MPs and senior government officials joined hundreds who turned up to pay their last respects to the late Ojode who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday.
President Kibaki eulogised the late assistant minister as a dependable leader, a patriot and a selfless servant, adding that his death is a tremendous loss to the nation.
Ojode is due to be laid to rest on Sunday while Saitoti will be buried on Saturday.
The other four victims were Captain Nancy Gituanja, her co-pilot Luke Oyugi, Sergeant Thomas Murimi and Inspector Joshua Tonkei who were bodyguards to the late Saitoti. They will all be buried next week.