UNITED IN GRIEF:
BY JEFF OTIENO
Following the death of Abigael Kidero, wife of Mumias Sugar Company Managing Director, Dr. Evans Kidero, politicians from the entire divide appear to have buried their political differences, and are united to offer solace to the family.
Late last week, it was the Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who after a week long tour of Asia, sojourned at the MD’s leafy magnificent home in Gigiri. The Prime Minister was accompanied by lands Minister James Orengo.
On tow was Foreign Affairs Minister,Moses Wetangula from P.N.U coalition, chief whip and Juja MP George Thuo, former powerful Foreign Affairs Minister, Raphael Tuju, Assistant Minister of finance, Oburu Odinga, Assistant Minister Orwa Ojode, KANU stalwart and former MP, Gedion Moi and National Assembly Speaker, Kenneth Marende.
MPs Ochieng Daima, James Rege, and Martin Ogindo also visited with the bereaved family.
Corporate world chief Executives were not left behind either. Immediate Managing Director of Kenya Airport Authority George Muhoho, the Managing Director of Kibos Sugar, Bireh Channan and his brother Raju, Linus Gitai of Nation media also came to offer their condolences. So did Marie Stoppes country Director, who had just come back from a tour of Europe.
Opinion is however divided following a decree by Dr. Kidero that he doesn’t want a fund raiser to help in offsetting staggering hospital bills, both locally and abroad, said to be totaling to over Kshs. 53 Million.
The late Abigael had a long battle with cancer, which she eventually succumbed to. She will be buried on 5th March 2010, at her rural home in Asumbi, Rangwe constituency Homa-Bay District. She has left behind three children.
Meanwhile Tom Onyango Alila, who is the coordinator, told this writer that they have finalized all the plans for the burial.