Burial of a Mensch Prof Joseph Ouma Muga – September 28th 2018

Burial of a Mensch Prof Joseph Ouma Muga – September 28th 2018

I am here not so much to bury my father Professor Joseph Ouma Muga, fondly known as Aburu oke kanyango, because Heros do not die, they multiply into a

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I am here not so much to bury my father Professor Joseph Ouma Muga, fondly known as Aburu oke kanyango, because Heros do not die, they multiply into a million other heros who cherish freedom.

Prof. Joseph Ouma Muga

Right Honourable Raila Amolo Odinga / Governors /Mps/ the Clergy / distinguished family of Professor Ouma Muga, fellow mourners ladies and gentlemen.

I take this early opportunity to thank all those who supported the family in various ways in preparing a befitting send off for Professor. The funeral committees in Nairobi and here at home in Kochia, family friends and well wishers, His Excellency the President Uhuru Kenyatta, Right honorable Raila Odinga. James Orengo for being a guest of honour at the funds drive and many others…

Kindly accept our deep gratitude.

I am here to speak on my own behalf, but I believe, I will also represent the voice of Professor and the voices of the silent, many orphaned daughters and sons of Professor Joseph Ouma Muga right here as we celebrate his life in Homabay county and beyond

I speak for those isolated and banished by political cronism and a leadership that has no development agenda while the people desperatly ask for political freedom to choose their leaders and to enjoy economic freedom in our lifetime.

I speak on behalf of the unemployed youth, for people who seek a new generation of leaders.

When the new consitution was promulgated, many of us celebrated. We thought the devolved system of government was a solution for our marginalised county. We however still see in Homabay county hospital just to mention one example – a rundown facility. We still see run-down schools. We still see many unemployed young people without prospects for the future. Around the county, today, men and women still drink water unfit for human consumption.

That is happening today.”

I speak for all those who after five years and now in the second term of a devolved government has not brought them the desired change.

I am here not so much to bury my father Professor Joseph Ouma Muga, fondly known as Aburu oke kanyango, because Heros do not die, they multiply into a million other heros who cherish freedom.

I am here to pick up his spear, and make my vows that I will continue to fight for a mission of restoring the dignity of our people through attainment of economic and political freedom in our lifetime.

I am here Aburu to express my condolences to my siblings whom I know, feel and bear your beliefs, and the rest of the Kamuga family. I am here to look at your Grandchildren in the eyes and tell them that their Grandfathers’ life was not in vain

I am here to evoke the spirit of the Professor, the one who put his country men and women interest first, above his own personal safety, when it was not fashionable to do so. Who led a coup in 1971 when he noted the ideals for independence were being eroded and the champions being eliminated – Argwins kodhek. Tom Mboya. … .

Peter addressing mourners at Funeral of Prof Ouma Muga

Peter addressing mourners at Funeral of Prof Ouma Muga

Aburu, you trusted that your mission of putting the country first was embraced by various political organizations you loved, but Aburu you did not know that these organization’s and the people steering them had been rendered incapable of loving you back.

You fought for what you believed was right, possessed only by your love for our people and the restoration of their dignity. In this fight you were persecuted by a generation of self seeking politicians and disowned by your own.

Fellow Kenyans, I am comforted by the fact that Aburu died a perfect death; a death of a revolutionary because he never sold out. We should all be happy because his name will be written in the eternal book of life -the book of all who died for the betterment of all.

The people of Homabay please never forget the name of Aburu oke kanyango and the best way to remember him is to continue the struggle against corruption, political cronism, the rampant looting of public coffers, the “selection” of incompetent political leaders and for us to see TRUE Economic Freedom in our Lifetime.

Aburu the people of homabay, migori, kisumu, siaya counties – the people of Kenya – are here in their numbers because they knew your worth when you were still alive you are their hero.  Many others are here because they proudly and unashamedly associated with you and what you stood for while you were still alive,they looked for solutions and guidance from you.

Equally okew kanyango, some of the generation of selecting leaders who sold out and lied about you in 1998 in the KANU kangaroo courts are here and are crying louder than all of us who stood by you. The generation of selfish politicians that distanced themselves from you are crying crocodile tears after disowning you at a critical moment hoping poverty will finish you off.

All those who frustrated you politically because they said they can’t be led by a brilliant person they are here playing all important roles at your funeral, can we trust them or should we treat them with suspicion Aburu.

They prevented you from representing the people of homabay, or even sharing your God given and greatest asset – a brilliant mind and selfless dedication – to improve the quality of life in this poverty ravaged county despite being an early advocate of devolution when it wasnt fashionable to do so and our cries as young activists for you to be given a fair chance fell on deaf ears.

If it is true that the new generation of people of Homabay, the new generation of people of nyanza, the new generation of people of Kenya want to honor you, let them elect leaders who are selfless and development oriented.
After this great revolutionary is laid to rest, when we have return to our cities and villages, and rejoined our daily routines, let us search then for his strength — for his largeness of spirit — somewhere inside ourselves.

“Thank you for joining us bid farewell to Prof Ouma Muga oke kanyango

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    Dr Anne Ouma 3 years

    Heroes do not die. Their Legacy lives on. May you be crowned in the Beyond where you shall surely meet like minded souls who like you believe in the betterment for all humanity. You lived a life and set an example and meaning to the Cause, an example which will only be unearthed in its truest sense for generations to come.

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