, HOMA BAY, Kenya, Nov 28 – The funeral service for the late Homabay Senator Gerald Otieno Kajwang’ got underway Friday morning at his rural Waondo home, in Mbita constituency.
Thousands of mourners among them leaders and members of the public thronged the home with numbers expected to increase as more residents and dignitaries arrived.
“As we face this particular situation, just know that Jesus is with you through it all; Jesus is present right here with all of us as we worship -as we fellowship,” said the presiding bishop.
His sermon was briefly interrupted by the entrance of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who is the region’s king pin.
The ODM party leader came in dressed in Luo traditional regalia of animal skin with a cap made of cow skin and was carrying a spear drawing wild cheers from the crowd.
And with what has seemingly become synonymous with all the services culminating to the burial, a scuffle ensued when Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero entered the dome.
It took the intervention of the area Member of Parliament and the day’s emcee Millie Odhiambo to bring back calm.
“When we want to send off senator Kajwang’ we embrace everyone, so I request that if you are the security of any dignitary however dignified you are, except for our Prime Minister everybody else out of respect for Senator Kajwang’ leave the dome, we want to give Senator Kajwang’ a good send-off,” pleaded Odhiambo.
Kidero has received a backlash from party supporters who accuse him of not towing the ODM line by working more closely with the government.
The church service was followed by speeches from Kajwang’s colleagues from the National Assembly and the Senate.
Kajwang’ was Mbita Member of Parliament for three consecutive terms before becoming a Senator. He passed away at 55.