Jakoyo Midiwo’s Final Warning to Raila Days Before He Succumbed to Cardiac Arrest

File image of Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo with Nominated MP Oburu Oginga, ODM leader Raila Odinga and other party leaders

Raila Odinga’s elder brother, Oburu Odinga has revealed the warning that former Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo issued to the ODM party leader and his family days before his sudden death.

The East African Legislative Assembly MP stated that Jakoyo Midowo issued warnings to his cousins – ODM leader Raila Odinga and his brother Oburu Odinga, cautioning the two brothers from attending funerals as they risked exposing themselves to Covid-19. 

Midiwo who died of Cardiac arrest specifically asked the duo to stay away from the burial of his uncle, Peter Odima, which happened on Saturday, June 12 and that of his sister, Julia Adhiambo. 

Adhiambo will be interred on Saturday, June 19.

Reports indicate that the uncle, sister and grandmother succumbed to the virus whose rate of infection has risen in the Nyanza region.

“He called and cautioned me that Covid-19 was really killing our people and it is in such funeral ceremonies that we might get exposed because we would draw crowds. 

“I cannot make the decision alone, we will and decide whether we will attend the (sister’s) burial or just plan for decent burials. It is sad that the people of Nyanza are not afraid of the virus, once they see you and are excited, they fall on you and insist on greeting you, oblivious of the danger it poses,” Oburu Odinga said in an interview with Nation

The warning came in the backdrop of surging Covid-19 cases with Raila Odinga among those who have since recovered from the virus.

“God is good. For three weeks, I have been in critical condition. We are living in difficult times and I understand that we are in the middle of a pandemic.

“The economy is deteriorating and so many Kenyans are suffering, we pity them. However, our lives are more important and we need to protect them,” Raila said after his recovery.

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