After 24 years, the memorial library of Kenya’s foreign minister the late Dr Robert Ouko has been opened in Kisumu County, Nyanza region.
Ouko died in February 1990 in a mysterious murder which still lingers on to date – a puzzle not yet solved. His charred remains were found at Got Alila, a few kilometres from his home.
â€œIn 2011, we came up with this noble idea of how we could keep the legacy of our father by putting up a memorial library in his name,â€ revealed Ken Ouko, the first born of the slain leader.
He went on: â€œIf anyone wants to know that my father was a bright man, he never received any formal secondary education but through his private studies, he managed to pass extremely in his examination.
Last Thursday, current Muhoroni MP Otieno K’Oyoo wept publicly when he revisited the murder with accusations that he played a role in it.
â€œMy hands are clean, they do not contain any blood of the former Foreign Affairs minister. The evidence I gave Dr Oukoâ€™s Commission of Inquiry is still alive and anyone who wants to know who murdered my friend can investigate from the evidence,â€ he said.
â€œI have never been compromised by anyone for having participated in killing anyone. My stand remains the same as it was during the investigations, I did not kill Dr Ouko,â€ he said.
The Principal Secretary in Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts Patrick Omutia said Dr Ouko would always be remembered and the passion he had for education would go on. He said the library will provide Kisumu residents with information on farming.
The Sh44 million library stands on a two hectares piece of land donated by Dr Oukoâ€™s family.