• Azimio leader Raila Odinga's long-serving aide Silas Jakakimba has parted ways with him.
• At the same time, the lawyer has resigned as a life member of Raila's ODM party in a letter addressed to the Registrar of Political Parties.
Azimio leader Raila Odinga's long-serving aide Silas Jakakimba has parted ways with him. This comes days after Jakakimba claimed Raila's daughter Winnie Odinga had insulted him over his social media profile picture of President William Ruto.
At the same time, the lawyer has resigned as a life member of Raila's ODM party in a letter addressed to the Registrar of Political Parties.
In a statement on Friday, Jakakimba did not disclose reasons for his decision to quit as Raila's advisor at the Raila Odinga secretariat.
Jakakimba thanked Raila for what he termed as the hands-on grounding he had acquired in the provinces of democracy, international relations, conflict resolution, peace, good governance and leadership.
"Even so, it remains clear in my mind that I could possibly hold the candle to a natural ally, son and mentee, I take this opportunity to inform you that I have taken the liberty to take time off the advisory role at the Raila Odinga secretariat effective immediately," said Jakakimba in the statement.
"With so gratitude and honour, Jakom, receive the assurances of my highest respect and consideration and, prayers for your continued good health and a long happy life."
Jakakimba said he knows no other human being on the African continent that comes close to Raila as the first among equals on the quest for a freer and prosperous continent outside of Nelson Mandela.
Saying he was profoundly indebted to Raila for the honour he had serving him, Jakakimba said he believes he had been a dependable, reliable, loyal and steadfast aide in the ODM leader's "monumental and historical quest for a better Kenya".
"And I am privileged to share in the rare pride that I have been there with you as you waved several challenges to see to an end overhaul of our then governance architecture into a new constitutional dispensation that codified devolution at the centre of our governance," Jakakimba said.
He noted that it was the new constitution and the birth of devolution that forms part of Raila's lasting legacy through to younger generations.
In a letter dated March 17, Jakakimba also quit ODM.
"This is to inform your office that I have resigned, effective immediately, as a life member of the ODM party of Kenya," Jakakimba wrote.
He urged the office to strike his name out of the ODM party's official membership register.
Jakakimba started his political life with Raila goes way back to 2004 when he served as a member of the then-vibrant Liberal Democratic Party Youth League.
Their relationship would soon blossom into both comradeship and a 'near-son relationship' making Jakakimba one of Raila's most trusted aides.
Raila would later appoint him as his parliamentary personal assistant in the lead-up to the 2007 elections.
Jakakimba also served as Raila's personal assistant when he served as Prime Minister between 2007-2012.
Since 2015, Jakakimba has been Raila's advisor based at the Raila Odinga Secretariat.