January 7 marks the birth date of two of Kenya’s prominent personalities, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and celebrated journalist Jeff Koinange. While Raila turns 76 today, Jeff is now 55-years-old. In marking their birthdays, Kenyans and political leaders alike thronged social media with heartfelt messages.
Messages to Raila
Politicians among them nominated senator Millicent Omanga, Nairobi Woman representative Esther Passaris, Homa Bay County constituency MP Gladys Wanga among others sent birthday wishes to the ODM party leader, but it’s Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria’s message that stood out. Kuria urged Raila to pass on the torch to him, pointing out that he’s been at the centre of major political developments in Kenya for decades.
“Shook hands with Moi, Kibaki and Uhuru. Vied for Presidency in 1997, 2007, 2013 and 2017. You have now done your bit Baba. Its time you now declare Moses Kuria tosha so that you can retire and I complete your legacy,” wrote Kuria in part.
“To many happy returns my dear friend Raila Odinga. You have exhibited uncommon wisdom, remarkable vision, and exemplary leadership. I wish you peace, good health and happiness,” business magnate Chris Kirubi wrote.
Here’s a sample of messages from Kenyans:
Happy Birthday @RailaOdinga
May God grant you more years on mother earth.
May the best rays of the sun illuminate your path
May God's palm of favour be placed on your mind, heart &family
I wish you good health & blessings
Importantly, pen your memoirs#HappyBirthdayRaila— Dennis Itumbi, HSC (@OleItumbi) January 7, 2021
To our Party Leader @RailaOdinga, we are proud to be a part of your special day. May you be blessed with many more. You are a wonderful leader to the world of yesterday, today and the future. We thank God for making you the type of person you are today. #HappyBirthdayRaila pic.twitter.com/GwRP4cDvLN — The ODM Party (@TheODMparty) January 7, 2021
Comedy icon Daniel ‘Churchill’ Ndambuki led Kenyans in celebrating Jeff’s birthday penning “Tell my brother Jeff Koinange something. He was born today! Sit back relax...watch the years roll by bro. It's gonna be smooookin!”
Ruth Malkia Happy birthday Jeff. Your passion for your work is admirable.
Jackton Omusi My oh my! Happy birthday Jeff!
Eric Murimi Muriithi I just recalled when we were swimming together he told me something I will never forget. This was yesterday's dream.
Cynthiah Mchelsea Happy birthday Jeff koinange my daughter is your fan but she doesn't understand your English.