“Our son Andy didn’t know. Some of the information was in the media even before the family members were informed. It is bad and I request the media to be sensitive,” she said.
Andy described his father as big-hearted person, who had a big ‘family’, with his constituency being the ‘first born.’
“My father had a big family. His first-born was the people of Ndhiwa, then his Security Docket. He valued his constituents so much and helped people from other areas,” he said.
He said the late father was focused and believed in education as the only key to success.
“Many people benefitted from his programmes and projects. He insisted that we remained good for those who needed help,” said Andy.
President Kibaki described Ojode as a patriotic and selfless civil servant who was educated and dependable.
He said Ojode was focused to unite Kenyans and fought ethnicity ahead of the general elections, appealing to Kenyans to emulate Ojode’s footsteps as a honour to the departed MP who was also referred to as Sirkal.
“We have lost a hardworking resolute leader. His services will be engraved in our memories and we should embrace communal harmony that he preached to us,” he added.
The President praised Ojode, saying he was a man who stood by his words and never changed a single thing even when confronted.
“I get a copy of what ministers are going to say in parliament. If you want to come and look at those copies, please come. I know those who change in the morning what they said yesterday and those who will repeat exactly what they said yesterday,” he said.
The Prime Minister said he met Ojode in 1981 and has been a friend of the Ojodes for many years, adding that the fallen MP was one of the Ford Kenya party’s last born.