Siaya Senator James Orengo has asked the country’s top leadership to apologise to the family of the late Kenneth Matiba following his detention.
Orengo, while eulogising Matiba at Ihura stadium in Murang’a, said paying the family whatever amount of money will not end the pain caused to him by the KANU regime.
The Siaya Senator said that those who caused Matiba immense suffering in prison are still alive and should not go unpunished.
“Those who made him die in prison are still alive and must be dealt with. At least I know one and the current leadership must own that mistake and apologise to this family.”
Orengo said Matiba is among the “few politicians who will make it to heaven for their true dedication to humanity”.
“I may not be a prophet or a seer or a man of God because I live in the solace of the word that we are all sinners and have fallen short of the Glory of God.”
“But I want to say that if there is a politician I know will go to heaven, it is one Kenneth Matiba. I am not sure about the rest including myself,” he said amid laughter.
Orengo said the current breed of leadership in the country is that which cannot only be accused of taking someone’s donkey but can also drive away the whole flock.
The Senate Minority leader said it is a time for all Kenyans to resolve and build a one united Kenya free of tribalism.
Orengo further castigated politicians for “only uniting in death”.
“It is disappointing that we become more united when there is a funeral but divided when it comes to politics to an extent of a brother turning against brother,” he said.
His sentiments were echoed by Senator Irungu Kang’ata who said Matiba’s tormentors have never asked for forgiveness despite the many public appeals.
Kang’ata said that even though the torturers are still alive, they are forgiven but the pain they inflicted upon Matiba’s family will live forever.
Senate Majority leader and Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen said the hope that the late Matiba had has not disappointed.
He said: “His suffering and pain has bred perseverance that has brought about character and hope.”
Murkomen said for Matiba’s legacy to live, all leaders must strive to ensure that Kenya remains a united nation.
He said called on leaders to unite in the fight against “the common monster of tribalism and corruption”.
See: [Photos] Uhuru, Raila lead mourners at Matiba’s Murang’s funeral service
Click here for the latest political news