Remembering Jaramogi, the father of Opposition politics
Recounted the last minute
SEE ALSO :MPs defy Uhuru, Raila on Gender BillThe EALA MP disclosed that plans to hold the ceremony in Kisumu for the first time are in top gear and urged the public to turn up in large numbers, although he did not give the date. “This is the first event of its kind that we are hosting outside Bondo,” said Oburu. Speaking on phone, the EALA MP said they are expecting visitors from abroad to attend the two-day event. The memorial will start with prayers at St Peter’s Cathedral and later a public lecture at Tom Mboya College. “The public lecture has attracted scholars, leaders, students and the public who are all welcome to the event,” said Oburu. One of Jaramogi’s celebrated aides, who was with him when he passed away, Dimba Jakobuya, recounted the last minute struggle by doctors to save his life.
SEE ALSO :Rosemary Odinga: Adjusting to new lifeHe told Sunday Standard that Jaramogi was scheduled to visit Uganda at the invitation of President Yoweri Museveni, the week he died. “He had met Museveni at a State function in Nairobi and the Ugandan Head of State extended an invitation to visit him in Kampala”. He added: “On the day Jaramogi died, his son Raila Odinga had called his Milimani home in Kisumu. He wanted to tell Mzee that Museveni had called asking if the trip was still on, but it was me who received the call.” Dimba said Jaramogi’s health started failing the week he died and he had been put on medication by his personal physician, Dr Odhiambo Olel. A day before he died, Jaramogi was evidently tired as he had travelled from Nairobi to Kisumu by air, with Dimba by his side. “He was tired and I had to help him board the plane. Those who saw him when we landed at the Kisumu airport noticed he had difficulty walking,” said Dimba. When they reached Jaramogi’s Milimani home in Kisumu, Dimba pleaded with him to take his medication but he refused.
SEE ALSO :Raila tells off MPs over pay hike“The following day, on January 20, I called Dr Olel when Jaramogi started developing breathing difficulties. He arrived within minutes and recommended that we rush Mzee to Aga Khan Hospital,” he said. By the time Jaramogi reached the hospital, his condition had worsened. Doctors tried to resuscitate him in vain.