Raila Odinga's melancholic song lights up Fred Omondi's burial


• "Nikiitwa ntaitika kutumikia waafrika, kwenye vita vya moto twapambana kama mashujaa."

Siaya Governor James Orengo with ODM leader Raila Odinga as he pays his respect to the late comedian Fred Omondi in Sega on June 29, 2024
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ODM leader Raila Odinga brought warmth to the burial event of the late comedian Fred Omondi in Sega, Siaya county on Saturday.

The former Prime Minister took to the podium to deliver a heartfelt tribute to the departed comedian, stating that he attended the burial as a grandfather.

"Our people, today we are mourning. I came here as a grandfather. Ideally, it should be me, Raila, who should be dying, but today we lay to rest a young man. It is painful," Raila said.

The former Premier then broke into song, with the people at the burial joining in appreciation.

"During our days of struggle with Jaramogi, we sang like this: 'Nikiitwa ntaitika, nikiitwa ntaitika, kutumikia waafrika, kutumikia, kutumikia, kutumikia waafrika ooooh. Kwenye vita vya moto twapambana kama mashujaa,'" he sang.

Raila also conveyed deep condolences to Fred Omondi's family on behalf of his wife and children.

The ODM leader addressed the recent anti-finance bill protests led by the youth (Gen Zs), indicating that he would soon speak out on the matter.

"I am currently held up, but when I am finally free, I will speak. When the youths tell me they are done, then I will speak," he said.

Raila further urged the people of Kenya to continue advocating for their rights, expressing confidence that their protests for a better Kenya would soon yield benefits.

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