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KANU abandons Kisumu Operative in death – Weekly Citizen

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The family of former Kisumu District KANU party Organising Secretary Ken Opande is stranded after the Party officials failed to get in communication with them days after his death.

Sources close to the family told Weekly Citizen that not even Gideon Moi has called the family to personally  convey his message of condolences.

According to his brother Fred Opande, the late Oaande died at Danid Hospital where he had been admitted after falling ill.

“He had been ill for so long and its always on and off to the hospital,God finally took his soul and we appreciate the moments we shared with him on earth “Fred added.

It can be recalled that the late Opande teamed up with the late former KANU Operative Osir Ogonda to topple  former Nyakach MP Ojwang’ Kobundo for the Chairmanship of Kisumu District KANU office.

Later together with the same Ogonda Osir they waged pitched political battle with the late Kisumu Mayor Lawrence Akinyi Oile  as they were seeking the attention and eyes of the President Daniel Arap Moi.

“The late Oile was being fronted by the likes of the late Minister Wilson Ndolo Ayah to fight the faction of Ogonda osir who were increasingly finding favor in the eyes of the President something old guards in KANU like the late Ayah were not happy with”said former KANU Official Odhiambo Okwatch.

Their rivalry was so fierce that during KANU grassroots elections in Kisumu, youths who were alledged to be associated with Oile stabbed Ogonda Osir with knife at a park near Octoussy Club where Ogonda Osir had gone to supervise elections.

Okwach who tried to wrestle the Chairmanship from Ogonda Osir while sending his message of condolence said that Opande was a witty politician and sharp which made work difficult for him when he wanted to be the Chairman.

The late Opande will be buried at their THur Biye Home in Muhoroni Constituency within KIsumu County  at  alater date.

“We are appealing to all Ken Opande’s friends to come and help us in giving him a send off befitting him”Fred added



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