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Christabel died without knowing what killed Robert Ouko, says Raila as he condoles with family

By Protus Onyango | Published Tue, August 22nd 2017 at 15:40, Updated August 22nd 2017 at 15:48 GMT +3
NASA leader Raila Odinga.

The National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga has sent condolences to the late Dr Robert Ouko's family, following the death of his wife Christabel Ouko.

"Mama Ida and I were saddened to learn of the death of Mama Christabel Ouko in a road accident last evening. We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends," Raila said.

He noted that the Odinga family has known Christabel and the family of the late Robert Ouko for a long time.

"Like her late husband, Christabel was outstanding in her commitment to our country and her family. She played critical roles in the development of our country and rendered selfless services to her immediate community," Raila said.

He added, but Christabel lived and died with the pain of never knowing who was responsible for the cruel murder of her husband or finding justice for him. It is a pain now transferred to the remaining family members mourning her sudden death."

Raila said they will deeply miss her and forever remember her for her courage and determination against great odds.

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"As a family, it is our hope that the support of friends will provide some comfort to her family at this difficult time. May God rest her soul in peace," Raila said.

Christabel died at Siloam hospital in Kericho, where she was rushed to after being involved in a road accident at the Kisumu-Muhoroni junction on Monday.

Sources indicated that Christabel was headed to her Koru home after attending the inauguration of Professor Anyang Nyong'o as the new governor for Kisumu.

She was aged 76 and attended Chianda Primary School and Ng'iya Girls High School in Siaya before joining Butere Girls High School in Kakamega.

She later joined Alliance Girls High School in Kiambu and the University of Nairobi. She served as a civil servant until she retired, following the assassination of his husband in February 1990.

Ouko's charred body was discovered by a herdsman at Got Alila near his Koru home, two days after he was reported missing.

Christabel was a key witness in her husband's commission of inquiry formed to identify her husband's killers, chaired by the then Chief Justice Evan Gicheru.