Uhuru: Bruce Odhiambo straightened out my son Jomo

UHURU KENYATTA [PHOTO/COURTESY]

BY ALLAN JAMES OBIERO IN KISUMU COUNTY.

Former Youth Fund boss Bruce Odhiambo was on Saturday, January 19, laid to rest at his home in Koru, Kisumu County.

Among other mourners including friends and relatives, Bruce Odhiambo’s burial was attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga.

President Kenyatta eulogised Bruce Odhiambo, whom he studied with at St. Mary’s High School in Nairobi, as a “true Kenyan”, who “mentored” and “helped in straightening out” his son, Jomo Kenyatta.

“Bruce Odhiambo was a compassionate man, a loving man, a giving man, he cared for others, and he was what we call a true Kenyan. He had no tribal boundaries, no religious boundaries. Bruce made friends across the country. Bruce was also a mentor to very many young people in this country, including my own son, Jomo, whom he helped in straightening out,” said the Head of State.

ODM leader Raila Odinga eulogised Bruce Odhiambo as a man who “touched generations”.

“He was a man, who has changed the lives of so many people. He touched generations, including those who were older than him, his age-mates, and the younger generation. Bruce loved people. He promoted so many people and helped so many people. He has lived a wonderful life. Bruce has made a major contribution to our society, and that is why we are celebrating his life here today [Saturday],” said Mr Odinga.

Bruce Odhiambo’s ailing mother, Grace Abonyo, was wheeled from hospital on a stretcher to attend her son’s burial.

Bruce Odhiambo died on January 7 at the Nairobi Hospital after a battle with heart problems.

 

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