15 June 2012

Kenya: Confusion, Tension As Ojode's Body Arrives in Ndhiwa

CONFUSION, drama and tension reigned as the body of the late Internal Security assistant minister arrived in Ndhiwa ahead of tomorrow's burial. Chaos reigned as locals demanded to view the body of the late MP.

There was also confusion over the programme to be followed as mourners demanded that the body be taken to Ratanga, Ojodes paternal home for public viewing before being taken to his home in Unga village home where he will be buried. But the body was directly taken to his home in Unga which raised tension forcing the burial committee to order for the body to be taken to Rating as the villagers insisted.

Ojode's widow Mary Ojode and his son Andy had to abandon the hearse outside the compound for safety as the tension rose. Family members blamed Mary for the confusion and insisted that the program must be followed to the latter.

Thousands of mourners who were waiting to receive the body at Ratanga at a point became impatient and started stoning vehicles which had arrived earlier a head of the body. The body was then taken back to his parents' home in Ratanga under a tight security leaving his wife and son behind. Tension further rose at his parents home where the angry mourners demanded to view the body. Sources told the Star that family members were opposed to the burial of the former Ndhiwa MP at his home in Unga.

They planned to take the body away immediately it was put for public viewing in an attempt to bar the mommittee members from taking the body back to Ratanga.

The burial committee which was led by Rangwe MP Martin Ogindo and Education assistant minister Ayiecho Olweny tried to address the crowd but nobody could listen.

By the time we went to the press, there was still anxiety at Ratanga which forced the security organs led by Homa Bay County Commissioner to call for re enforcement.

In the morning business came to a standstill in Rodi Kopany Shopping center and Ndhiwa where hundreds of mourners gathered to welcome the body Residents abandoned businesses while learning stopped as people came out in thousands to welcome the body of the Ndhiwa MP who perished in Ngong helicopter crash together with his boss Prof George Saitoti last Sunday. They lined the road leading to the minister's home in a bid to catch a glimpse of the fallen assistant minister.

The body of Ojode, who perished with two pilots and security personnel, was transported from Nairobi to Suneka airstrip in Kisii from where it was transported by road to his Unga home in Ndhiwa.

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