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Raila, Fidel’s widow lead viewing of body

A mother's grief: Ida is consoled as she views the body of her son Fidel. Photo/MIKE KARIUKI

A mother’s grief: Ida is consoled as she views the body of her son Fidel. Photo/MIKE KARIUKI

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 7 – Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga Wednesday afternoon led his family in viewing the body of his first born son Fidel Castro Odinga at the Lee Funeral home, ahead of burial this Saturday.

Odinga was accompanied by Fidel’s widow Lwam Gatachew Bekele and in-laws while Ida Odinga came in later to view the body accompanied by a number of women leaders including Esther Passaris.

Several other dignitaries also attended the viewing including Rongo MP Dalmas Otieno and Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu who openly showed emotion over the loss.

Fidel Odinga died aged 41 years three days after the ushering of the New Year and four days before his father’s 70th birthday.

Hundreds of mourners turned up at the funeral home, in a rather low-key event and maintained order and decorum throughout the process.

Earlier in the day, Deputy President William Ruto visited the Odingas at their home in Karen to condole with them.

Fidel died under mysterious circumstances on Sunday morning with the autopsy to determine the cause of his death yet to be concluded.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at the All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi before the body is airlifted to Bondo the final resting place at his grandfather’s farm, where the family cemetery is located.

Nairobi County Police Commander Benson Kibue had earlier in the day indicated that security had been beefed up the residence of the former Prime Minister and Fidel’s home since the houses are being visited by many individuals.

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He also urged Nairobi residents fond of using the Uhuru Park grounds to stay away from it Thursday as it will be used for parking by the thousands mourners expected to attend requiem mass.

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