President Uhuru Kenyatta mourns Ida Odinga’s mother


President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to the family, relatives and friends of the late Rose Ayuya, mother to Ida Odinga.

He said Mama Ayuya will be remembered for her outstanding service to the community and the nation having been the first African trained nurse in Kakamega.

The President noted that she was a humble, industrious and kind-hearted person who served her family as well as the nation with a remarkable sense of duty.


President Kenyatta added that she was a diligent and hard working lady, who at the time when women were relegated to cultural duties, decided to embrace education and the culture of saving by opening a bank account in Kakamega in 1937.

She will be remembered for her simplicity and generosity which earned her the respect and friendship of many, he said in a statement to newsrooms on Friday.

He said he would pray that God gives the bereaved family fortitude to bear the tragic loss of their loved one.

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