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Fidel Odinga’s autopsy to be done Tuesday

UHURU-BEKELENAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 5 – The much anticipated post-mortem on Opposition leader Raila Odinga’s son Fidel will be conducted on Tuesday.

Speaking outside the Lee Funeral Home where Fidel’s body is currently lying, the Odinga family pathologist Emily Rogena informed the media that together with government pathologist Dorothy Njeru, it was agreed that it was best not to carry it out on Monday evening.

“The main reason is because we need natural light for post-mortems. As it is now, it’s already 5pm so we’re likely to be doing the examination in dark or in poor lighting, artificial light which is not recommended for autopsies,” she said.

She however declined to explain why the post-mortem was not done in the early hours of Monday given Fidel’s body was transported to the funeral home on Sunday night.

The Odinga family on Monday made it known that Fidel will be laid to rest on Saturday at the Bondo family home where his grandfather Jaramogi Oginga Odinga was laid to rest in 1994.

A funeral service will first be held at the All Saints Cathedral on Thursday.

Next Wednesday, friends of the Odinga’s are expected to gather at their Karen home in order to set up a trust fund for the one-year-old son Fidel left behind.

Fidel was found dead in his Karen home on Sunday morning after a night out with friends but the cause of his death is yet to be established.

Suba Member of Parliament John Mbadi has assured the public that once the preliminary findings of the autopsy are made, they will be made public.

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Budalangi’ MP and Orange Democratic Movement Secretary General Ababu Namwamba has on his part called on the party youth to conduct themselves with the dignity befitting Fidel’s memory and their leader Odinga.

He has also called for exhaustive investigations into the unexpected death on a day when President Uhuru Kenyatta assured the Odinga family that his government will do, “everything in our power,” to bring closure to the family.

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