United In Death- The Common Leveler


Gerald Otieno Kajwang’ is dead. Well, this is no longer news to any of us. The media and especially social media has satirized the issue. Others have opted to be the detectives of malice and have already read foul play in his demise. This post is however not about any of that. It is about the rarity of this strange phenomenon called death.

In my primary school days, my headteacher, Mr. Kennedy Kiio Kyeva of the then Vitale HGM would call it the leveler and the avenger of all things. Pretty much the reason why capital punishment is still a thorny issue of debate the world over! That, am afraid is also a topic for another day.

The Kenyan political scene is always abuzz. From electioneering mood to the build ups to the next electioneering mood. Insults and abuses are hurled and court orders obtained. Supporters own their ‘kingpins’ emotions and the cycle continues, all through the post elections era. This is called politics. The battle of ‘ideologies’ and selfish interests. The battle of ‘sycophants’ and ‘rationalists’. Yet at the end of the day, it is never that serious.

The last few days since the demise of the flamboyant politician popular for his mapambano chants in political podiums, have seen the political bigwigs in utter shock and disbelief. The common mwanachi similarly seem not to decipher that this very energetic and charismatic political icon is no more! It is in the same  that I would call to mind the Late Prof. George Saitoti and Hon. Orwa Ojode. Though they are long gone, the reality seems far from the mind.

Politicians have made political statements of condolences and so have technocrats; students in varsities and other professionals in their own capacities. The Late Dr. Myles Monroe who passed on in a recent plane crash may have seemed to have it all figured out.

But then, did he?

Is there ever a moment that one is fully and completely prepared for death? I hold my reservations. Even Christ himself willed for that cup to be lifted; If only by the will of God. Death is indeed the ultimate leveler. The good book says, ‘From dust you came, to dust you will return’. But only when, not if, your time comes.

As the nation prepares to put the Late Hon. Senator to rest, it is my hope that his dreams for Kenya will be realized. His numerous contributions to the legislation as well as representation of Kenyans is surely appreciated. His great sense of humor will be remembered, and especially from the defining clips in the hands of our very able media.

As I seek to pen off, it is my humble hope and desire, that the current peace and tranquility in the political sphere will remain. And that our leaders will engage each other in the spirit of dialog and compromise so as to realize the  objectives they set out to achieve while giving us Kenyans the peace of mind we require to put that hard-earned meal on our tables.

Rest in Peace Mheshimiwa. Rest in Peace Senator. Rest in Peace Hon. Gerald Otieno Kajwang’.

Ooko Victor.


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