Written by Isura Christopher
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President Mwai Kibaki has called upon Kenyans to embrace peace as the best way to honor the late internal security assistant minister Joshua Orwa Ojode who died on Sunday’s helicopter plane crash incident at Ngong.
“We have lost a hardworking leader whose service to the nation will remain engraved in our memories, let us honor Ojode by embracing communal harmony which he relentlessly preached,” Kibaki said.
Kibaki has urged all leaders to individually advocate for national security towards ensuring a secure society saying that the late always advocated for peaceful coexistence and was a development conscious leader whose brand of politics was moderate, making friends across political divide.
He further added that Ojode was a close ally and thus assured the family that his government will accord the necessary support needed and urged the family to voice their concerns and/ or demands on how the government can help.
”Let God give the family strength and I assure them that my Government will give the family the support they need,” he said.
President Kibaki eulogized the late Joshua Orwa Ojode as a true servant of the people, saying his death is a great loss to the country and added that the country had been robbed of a great leader whose service will be missed.
Prime Minister Raila Odinga remembered Ojode and Saitoti as “colleagues who worked as a pair in government and Parliament and they will not leave any stone unturned. Let’s wait for the outcome of the investigations. “
Raila revealed that though Ojode was not happy when he was not appointed as minister, he preferred to remain in the Internal Security docket as Assistant minister.
Raila eulogized the late as a committed friend who traversed the whole country with him. “The late Orwa Ojode lived the best of his life and we should emulate him.”
President Kibaki, PM Raila Odinga and VP Kalonzo Musyoka were among other top government officials who led mourners attending the funeral service at the requiem mass at SDA Central Church in Nairobi.
Ojode is survived by wife Mary Ojode and son Andy Orwa Ojode.
The late Orwa Ojode will be buried on Sunday at his Unga home, Ratanga area in Ndhiwa.
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