Idah Odinga, the wife of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, has shared an emotional message in remembrance of his son, the late Fidel Odinga while marking nine years since his death.
In the message she posted on her social media pages on Thursday, Idah highlighted her memories of Fidel’s growth and his kindness, which illuminated his life.
“Then you grew up tall, loving, caring, happy, and incomparably kind. I still remember you in these ways. We still remember you in these ways,” the message reads in part.
In the emotionally worded message, Idah remembered how she raised her son as a mother from childhood until he was a grown man, mourning his death, which occurred after he turned 41 years old.
Winnie Odinga embracing her Late Brother Fidel Odinga
“It is nine today! Unbelievably fast! But that was always you, my Son Fidel Castro Makarios Odhiambo Odinga. From the first day I carried you to the many months you spent on my lap as a baby, you always wanted to be your own man so that you could protect us,” she recalled.
Fidel Odinga, born in 1973, was found dead in his bed on January 4, 2015.
In her ninth-anniversary remembrance message, the wife of the former Prime Minister indicated how it has been hard for her, for nine years, to come to terms with the death of his son.
“Nine years later, I have struggled to accept something that these years without you have taught me. That perhaps, you may have just lived enough because you lived so right. Your passing away, no doubt, shook me and shook us. Nothing in this world will ever be able to replace your presence around us,” she stated.
Further, Idah celebrated the wonderful life that she and her family experienced with the late Fidel, which they keep on reminiscing to keep his memories alive.
“We haven’t exhausted your account of affectionate smiles. We haven’t withdrawn even half of the sweet names you called us, the wonderful praises you showered us. And with motherly pride, I don’t think I will ever exhaust the “Mommy” names you called me,” she added.
Fidel Odinga was the firstborn son of Raila Odinga and Idah Odinga. The other children of the two are Rosemary, Raila Junior, and Winnie Odinga.
A file photo of Fidel Odinga, Raila’s eldest son who died in 2015