By EVELYN KWAMBOKA AND NICHOLAS ANYUOR
Several MPs led by President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga joined more than 5,000 mourners in paying tribute to the late Ojode with call for unity and peace amongst Kenyans in honour of the six victims of the plane crash.
Mourners started trickling into the venue as early as 5am. The burial ceremony started with the moving eulogy from Wife Mary and son Andy.
Mary told mourners how she almost became a victim of the plane crash, had the husband heeded to her request to accompany him to Ndhiwa constituency for a fund raising on the fateful day.
She said the husband had travelled abroad on a State duty, and had taken long before coming back home.
“For the last one month, his activities were driving him away from home. God was preparing me for the separation. He had been away for so long,” she said.
Mary demanded she accompanies him to Ndhiwa but he refused, went to the dining room and sipped a cup of tea before leaving some money on the table for the family use.
He left the house immediately and after an hour, somebody called Mary to find out if the husband had travelled.
“I replied in the affirmative but we were not sure if he was one of those involved in the plane crash. God gave me the strength to call Tim Choge in the UK and I asked him to run to Andy’s room,” she recalled.
Mourners were told that when Chege arrived in Andy’s room, he was found staring on the television set.
Mary also warned the media to remain professional in handling sensitive and delicate issues, such as relaying information on death to relatives.