Raila and Ruto leads in mourning the Veteran journalist

Deputy President William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga are among the Kenyans who mourned the death of top journalist Philip Ochieng’.

Ochieng was a veteran journalist who was well known for his former Sunday Nation column works died yesterday night while undergoing treatment at Ombo hospital.

In messages posted on social media accounts, the two political leaders described the columnist as an excellent and committed journalist who spoke and moved society into action through the pen.

DP Ruto added that the journalist will be greatly missed by Kenyans, with Odinga referring to him as a voice to the voiceless.

He was a stickler for grammatical accuracy and used his platforms to break down the English language and teach us new things — even those we figured we knew. Ochieng’, a widely read hero, was simply in his own class; a man of varied intellectual pursuits.

We will miss his illuminating columns. May his rich legacy endure forever. Our love and prayers to the Ochieng’ family, their loved ones and the media fraternity. Rest In Peace,” said DP Ruto.

Raila Odinga also had the below to the family during these sad moments;

 “Kenya has lost in the passing of Philip Ochieng, a veteran journalist and legendary columnist with an unmatched prowess of the English language. Through the power of the pen, Philip spoke to the most powerful and moved the society into action.

Philip penned his thoughts and gave a voice to the voiceless. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends, the @NationMediaGrp and the media fraternity. May He Rest In Peace.”

His passing on was made public by his family members at his Awendo home in Migori County from pneumonia.

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