Monday, 20th January 2020 marked the late Jaramogi Oginga Odingas 26th anniversary since he passed away on January 20, 1994 due to a heart attack. ODM party leader Raila Odinga wrote an emotional tribute on twitter to remember his father.
“26 years ago you took a journey from our beloved country never to return. your patriotic and selfless actions remain engraved in the hearts of those who knew you and in the collective memory of the nation you helped build. Your memories remain a permanent presence in your absence.”
Raila described his father as patriotic man who worked selflessly for his country as quoted in his twitter handle.
Jaramogi was born in the village of Nyamira Kango, Siaya county to Mama Opondo Nyamagolo and Odinga. He became a prominent figure in the struggle for independence of Kenya and served as the first Vice President , and thereafter as an oppoisition leader. He is well remembered for his phrase “Not Yet Uhuru” which is the title of his autobiography written in the 1980s during his time under house arrest.