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Age is just a number, Oroo’s widow eulogises her 71-year-old husband

By Eric Abuga | February 26th 2021

The late Bonchari MP John Oroo’s widow Pamela Atieno with their son Junior Oroo. [Sammy Omingo, Standard]

Mourners attending the late Bonchari MP John Oroo's funeral ceremony at Itierio Secondary School grounds were left in stitches when his widow Pamela Atieno took to the podium to eulogise her late husband.

Age is just a number; Atieno, 35, said amid laughter and cheers from the crowd, adding that she enjoyed 12 years of marriage with her husband who died aged 71.

She remembers the first Ekegusii word she learnt from her husband was 'nigwachete' (I love you).

"I enjoyed all the time I stayed with him. I had a perfect love and he loved our son. Only five per cent of the time was left for those who never wished us well."

Oroo met Atieno, his second wife 12 years ago when she was a student at St Angelic Teacher College Suneka. The MP was the proprietor of the Institution.

Oroo's first wife; Teresa Bitutu, a mother of five said she appreciates Atieno's son.

"Mzee has some property in Migori and in our community such is left for the sons. The young boy will take charge."

MP dies after a long illness

The MP died on February 15 at Kisumu’s Aga Khan Hospital after a long illness.

The legislator was admitted to one of the private hospitals in Kisumu town weeks ago before he was transferred to Aga Khan Hospital.

The burial service for Bonchari MP Oroo Oyioka at Itierio in Kisii County on 26/2/2021.[ Sammy Omingo,Standard)

Mid last year, Oroo suffered a mild stroke and was admitted to the same hospital. He was later referred to Nairobi.

Oroo will be buried later today at his Suneka home, Kisii County. ODM party leader Raila Odinga is among politicians at the funeral. 

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