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Homa Bay Senator Otieno Kajwang’ dies after suffering heart attack

By Geoffrey Mosoku | Published Wed, November 19th 2014 at 07:18, Updated November 19th 2014 at 10:24 GMT +3
The late Homa Bay Senator Otieno Kajwang.

Nairobi, Kenya: The outspoken Homabay Senator Gerald Otieno Kajwang has died. Kajwang' passed on Tuesday night at Mater Hospital in Nairobi due to cardiac arrest.

According to family sources, the former immigration minister developed breathing complications at his Runda home and was rushed to his personal physician at Mater. He was 55 years old.

Cord leader Raila Odinga announced the demise of one of his most trusted loyalists on his twitter account saying; “It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the death of Ndugu Otieno Kajwang (Nyakwarnyakwamba).”

According to his brother TJ Kajwang’, who is the Ruaraka MP, the ODM senator was taken to the hospital at about 9pm after complaining of chest pains while at home, and was declared dead two hours later.

His body will be moved from the Mater hospital to lee funeral home Wednesday morning as friends, colleagues and family mourn the fallen politician. He is well remembered for his trade mark ‘Bado Mapampano’ political slogan.  

“So shocked that my colleague & friend Sen. Kajwang has passed on.  Will remember him as passionate & eloquent debator. A man full of life & humour,” his colleague Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet) wrote on his Twitter account.

Makueni’s Mutula Kilonzo Jr added; “Rest in peace my brother, learned friend and senator, Otieno Kajwang. Mapambano mbinguni.”

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Nominated Senator Martha Wangari said it shocking that the Homabay senator had departed so sudden while recounting her last moments; “Unbelievable how short this life is. Was among the last senators in the chambers with u yesterday n can hardly believe u no more. RIP @HonKajwang”

“My condolences to the family and friends of my colleague Sen. Otieno Kajwang. A great comrade, a meticulous,” Mombasa’s Hassan Omar wrote on his twitter.

Kakamega’s Boni Khalwale wrote; “My brother and comrade in arms, the late senator Otieno Kajwang was relentless in serving Kenyans. Am so saddened. God help us!”

The late Otieno Kajwang was born in 1959 and attended Makerere University where he Studied Law. He later joined Kenya school of Law.

He was elected as Mbita constituency legislator in 1997. He served as the minister for immigration in the coalition government from 2008-2013. Kajwang, widely known for his "Bado Mapambano" song, was elected the Senator, Home- Bay County, in 2013 General elections.

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