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Kajwang’s ‘second wife’ attends requiem mass

Faith Vivian Otieno, the woman who claimed to have been married to Otieno Kajwang for 19 years, was part of the late senator’s requiem mass at Maxwell SDA Church in Nairobi Wednesday and later the inter-denominational event at Uhuru Park.

Faith was accompanied by her two children but was, however, not mentioned by any of the speakers who kept sending condolences to Rose Kajwang and her children.

Her photos and those of her children were missing in the programmme distributed during the events with only Rose’s wedding photos and those of her children featured.

Some of the family members for the late Homa Bay Senator Otieno Kajwang’ during funeral service at the Nairobi Central SDA Church
Some of the family members of the late Homa Bay Senator Otieno Kajwang’ during funeral service at the Nairobi Central SDA Church

During the church service, Faith was seated in the front row though far away from Rose, the late senator’s wife.

She appeared calm while leaving Uhuru Park and walked gracefully clad in a black dress with her daughter Christie in a black dress too and son Ronnie in a striped shirt.


The late senator’s extended family was present including his father David Ajwang’ who made his maiden public speech since the death of his son.

Those who attended the event termed it as a good sendoff to the late senator who stood for justice and good governance.

Kennedy Ochieng a mourner stated that every Kenyan should stand for what the late senator believed in.

He however said it was unfortunate that the crowd never got a chance to see the body of the late senator.


“We were told this was a public viewing event yet we never got the chance to view his body. I understand there were very many mourners but the party leaders should at least have notified us before hand,” he added.

The event was hyped with the “Mapambano” chorus that the late senator was fond of singing during public rallies.

The issue of national insecurity was also revisited by several of the opposition leaders who spoke while taking the government to task over the matter.

At some point the security personnel had to move the mourners away from the casket leading to a scuffle. The crowd also shouted down some leaders.

Loud wails and cries punctuated the ceremony  with the speakers time and again giving time for the crowd to settle down.

The late Kajwang will be laid to rest on Friday in his rural home in Mbita.