H. E President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Rt. Hon. Raila Amolo Odinga joined the people of Ratta in Seme Sub-County to celebrate the life and times of Mama Dorka Owino Nyong’o, mother to Kisumu Governor Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o.
Mama Dorka Nyong’o was celebrated as a Matriach and a great pillar to the Nyong’o family, the Christian church in Nyanza and those she touched their lives. She will be remembered for her great role in the famous Maendeleo ya Wanawake Movement where she was recognized by Unicef for her excellent acumen in financial management while serving as the Nyanza Regional Treasurer.
In his address to the mourners at the burial ceremony in Ratta, President Kenyatta called on Kenyans to shun divisive politics by embracing inclusivity. He said the handshake was meant to unite Kenyans and deliver Kenya from tribal politics as well as strengthen the war against graft. He however appealed to Kenyans to remain united and help fix Kenya first.
The Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga called on the clergy to support the war against graft by turning away those presenting money gotten through unscrupulous means to church. He said it was time to remove Kenya from the super league of corruption even as called for Kenyans to Unite and embrace nationalism.
In an emotional but captivating tribute, Governor Nyong’o eulogized her mother as a trailblazer who lived her life selflessly serving the underprivileged in society.
Mama Dorka chose a life of kindness filled with great humility. Her level of selflessness was extraordinary as she took pride in taking care of the less fortunate in society and this was well demonstrated by her noble idea of starting the Ratta Girls Hostel taking care of vulnerable girls in the village and allowing them to achieve their dream of going to school.
The ceremony was also attended by leaders from across the nation including ANC Party Leader Musalia Mudavadi, Cabinet Secretaries Eugene Wamalwa, Fred Matiangi, Cecily Kariuki, Raphael Tuju, George Magoha, Governors James Ongwae, John Nyangarama, Kivutha Kibwana, Charity Ngilu, Senators led by Minority leader James Orengo, MPs led by Mbadi, Deputy Governors, MPs, MCA’s and many more.