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The final goodbye for Internal Security Assistant Minister Hon. Joshua Orwa Ojode was held today. Hon. Ojode died last Sunday in a helicopter crash at Ngong Forest, near Nairobi. In that crash, Internal Security Minister Professor George Saitoti, two pilots-Captain Nancy Gituanja and Captain Luke Oyugi, two police officers Inspector Joshua Tonkei and Sergeant Thomas Murumi, also died.
The late Hon. Joshua Orwa Ojode [ 1958-2012 ]
The funeral service and burial was held at his home in Unga Village, Kanyamwa Central, of Ndhiwa District, in Homa Bay County. Among the mourners at the funeral included President Mwai Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi, Speaker of the National Assembly Kenneth Marende, Minister for Trade Moses Wetangula, Agriculture Minister Sally Kosgei, Transport Minister Amos Kimunya, Lands Minister James Orengo, Gichugu MP Martha Karua, and Eldoret North MP William Ruto.
Hon. Joshua Ojode was born in December 29, 1958 in Ratanga Village, Homa Bay County. He went to Ratanga Primary School from 1966 to 1972. From there, he attended the prestigious Maranda National School from 1973 to 1976.
Upon graduation from Maranda, Hon. Ojode proceeded to Ramapo State College of The University System Of New Jersey, in Mahwah, New Jersey, United States. When he graduated from Ramapo State in 1991, Hon. Ojode returned to Kenya.
In 1994, Hon. Joshua Orwa Ojode contested the Ndhiwa Constituency seat , which he won. Since that first win in 1994, Hon. Joshua Ojode has been representing the great citizens of Ndhiwa Constituency, having been re-elected in successive elections.
The Ojode family has had their fair share of family suffering and tragedies. Hon. Joshua Ojode's brother, the late Odira Ojode was executed for allegedly being involved in the 1982 attemped coup in Kenya. In May 11, 2009, Hon. Orwa Ojode survived a helicopter crash in Kapsabet after a meeting at the Kipchoge Keino Stadium.
That chopper was carrying Internal Security Assistant Minister Orwa Ojode, the then Rift Valley PC Hassan Noor Hassan and former Police Commissioner Hussein Ali. Hon. Joshua Ojode leaves behind his wife, Mary Ojode, and his son, Andrew Ojode.