A nation is gripped in shock as Kenyans come to terms with the sudden demise of former prime minister and CORD leader Raila Odinga’s son Fidel Odinga.
Fidel was the eldest son of Prime Minister Odinga in a family of four siblings Rosemary, Raila Junior and Winnie.
Initial reports indicate he gone out with three friendsÂ and returned to his house sometime past midnight where he started feeling ill and was rushed by the wife to Nairobi Hospital.
Several leaders have sent in their condolences with veteran lawyer Gitobu Imanyara remembering when Fidel and his two sons bonded at a time him and Raila Odinga had been detained during the ‘dark days’.
Former cabinet minister and Narc Kenya leader Â Martha Karua sent her condolence tweet, offering courage in prayers to the Odingas.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto and Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero are said to have called Raila to offer their condolence messages.
Former Vice President and CORD co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka has joined Odinga at Fidel’s home and is expected to appear in a media briefing shortly.
Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko, Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar and Governor Ali Hassan Joho have all sent their condolences through social media platform Facebook.
Raila top aide and Homa Bay senate hopeful Silas Jakakimba cancelled his scheduled meetings in Homa Bay and flew Nairobi to condole with the Odingas, former campaign manager of Raila Odinga presidential campaign Eliud Owalo and Brussels based public affairs consultant Jeff Nyamboga have sent their condolences to Odinga, as well as several MPs and senators from across the political divide.
Blogger Robert Alai revealed Fidel was with three friendsÂ identified asÂ Maureen Thiong’o, Nelly Nyaga and Robert Gichuru though it unclear when they parted ways in the fateful night.