It was a normal afternoon inside a house in Nyayo Estate.. until the National Super Alliance (NASA) leader, Raila Odinga, walked in.
The day was Tuesday, August 15, 2017, and even before one of Kenya’s most popular politicians settled in his seat, the curious mind (but one filled with sadness) of a six- year-old boy kicked in.
Raila had visited to console with the family following the killing of the boy’s father, Chris Msando who was the ICT manager at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
A smiling Alvin Mitch, a Class Two pupil, walked up to Raila and greeted him, but the smile quickly disappeared as he asked a question with his eyes focused on Raila. What he wanted to know caught many by surprise.
“Who killed my father and why?” He asked.
Everyone in the room froze as politicians who had accompanied the Nasa leader, fought unsuccessfully to conceal their emotions.
Raila remained quiet for a couple seconds, he just stared at the boy. Ugenya Senator James Orengo wiped a tear as Rarieda MP-elect Otiende Amollo fought with his.
The Opposition leader who normally answers tough questions on demand, fumbled with words as he tried to come up with an answer to a question that is on most Kenyans’ minds.
“We don’t know yet…,” Raila said, perhaps wondering whether what he had just told Alvin was the absolute truth, even as the young boy maintained steady eye contact.
“We are trying our best to find your father’s killers and I promise you that we shall. Your father was a great person,” Raila added.
The boy, a bit disappointed, said: “Whoever did it, God is watching you,” before leaning against Raila as if communicating to him not to let his family down.
The politicians in the room, may be trying to ease the tension that had started to cloud the room, started giving half thought-through explanations although none of them could tell Alvin who killed his father and why.
The Opposition leader then noticed the journalists surrounding him, a familiar sight meaning hopefully familiar questions, and still holding the young boy close to his chest, spoke to them having recollected himself.
“It’s heart-breaking and unbearable pain to this young family. It is a Kenyan tragedy. No one has a right to tear at the fabric of life which another man has painfully woven for himself and his children. Msando’s death has degraded our nation,” he said.
Just a few days ago, a local publication quoted unnamed sources in the police who said they had hit deadlock in the search for the slain electoral official’s killers.
Two suspects are being detained in connection with the killing.