Hon. Joel Onyancha, longtime Kisii pointman for President Uhuru and Jubilee who died of heart attack moments after Supreme Court final judgement, was laid to rest yesterday.
It was a quiet, somber event; unlikely and unexpected, of a man who sat on same row with the President. This made it even more sorrowful.
Not only did Jubilee leaders, including President Uhuru, snub his burial, they were actually campaigning in nearby Busia, where they received Paul Otuoma, whom, if he were to die today, Jubilee will move to nearby Trans Nzoia to campaign, oblivious of the finality of death.
In July the leading Jubilee candidate for Kitutu Chache constituency died in a road accident, well Uhuru or any Jubilee top party guns did not attend either. In 2016, retired Gusii community strongman and 2002 presidential candidate Mzee Simeon Nyachae lost his wife Esther, well Uhuru and Jubilee kept off despite the Nyachaes funding and vigorously campaigning for Uhuru. You know what Prime Minister Raila attended burial of mama Esther Nyachae.
Contrast this with the recent burial of Rachel Shebesh’s father, Samuel Mbugua. President Uhuru attended. Other recent burials are those of Biwott and GG Kariuki.
The late Mbugua, a longtime ODM Chairman for Kiambu Branch, also saw his longtime friend and Party Leader Raila Odinga attend.
Lesson to my ‘western Kenya’ friends who pretend to be more Jubilee Mt Kenya people themselves
Of Onyancha it must be said: Here is a man who served Uthamaki diligently for the last 15 years but who, on his resting place, saw neither Uthamaki nor Uthamaki surrogates!
Go deep, and never forget.