Raila's Tribute to Lawyer Kabage That Left Mourners in Stitches

  • AU Envoy, Raila Odinga, on Friday, cracked up mourners who had gone to pay their last respects to deceased lawyer Karanja Kabage.

    The prominent lawyer, who was being laid to rest in his home at Mang'u, Nakuru county, passed on in a road accident on Friday night.

    Raila opened his speech with Kikuyu greetings, "praise the lord",  that resulted in laughter from the audience.

    Odinga went ahead to describe Kabage alias KK as a people's person and a patriot who would die for his country.

    "There was a time when things were very hot here and we were a small group of people, Gitobu Manyara, Paul Muite, James Orengo and Professor Anyang' Nyong'o, we called the 'young Turks' and so many people could not approach us, but KK never feared, he would come and talk to us," disclosed Raila.

    The crowd burst into laughter at the revelation of the crew that dispelled fear which really never shook KK.

    He went ahead to reveal how Kabage had helped young people acquire education and in the process disclosed another funny incident.

    "I remember another time when I was the minister for energy and I began talking about energy security and how we can expand our generation capacity and lower the cost," he affirmed.

    "I talked of various options, the renewables, hydro, solar, wind geothermal and then I said we should not leave the option of nuclear energy. At the mention of nuclear energy, people were gripped with fear and accused Raila of wanting to make bombs," he added.

    The crowd was cracked up once more at Raila's sense of humour as he further elaborated how the former lawyer supported his ambitions.

    According to the former Prime Minister, KK was a real hard worker citing an instance of how he went to school to study law and excelled in the career. He described KK as the real hustler, once again causing a roaring outburst of laughter.

    "He went to University and studied law and became a lawyer. Looking at that history, if hustler has a virtue, this (Kabage) was a real hustler," he ascertained. 

    The statement caused more laughter and applause from the congregation as Odinga crowned his tribute with a "rest in peace my friend" message that he read in Kikuyu.

    Kabage died last week Friday night after being involved in a road accident in Nairobi.

    His car lost control on the Southern bypass, as he was driving, after suffering a heart attack.

    According to his close friends and family, the lawyer was pronounced dead on arrival at the Nairobi Hospital.

    In attendance were President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, former Vice president Musalia Mudavadi, Nyandarua Governor, Francis Kimemia and Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui among others.