Yesterday Kenyan strongman and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga said he was saddened by the passing on of his longtime friend Aggrey Awori describing the late as a true manifestation of the spirit of East African integration and Pan-Africanism.
Through a letter he wrote to former Kenya Vice President Moody Awori who doubles as elder brother of the late Aggrey Awori, Odinga says “We join the Awori family and the people from all around the region in giving thanks for Aggrey’s remarkable life of service particularly to Kenya and Uganda. Our two families have a long history of friendship that started with our parents, Jaramogi Ogingi Odinga and Jeremiah Musungu Awori, the pioneer African Canon of Anglican Church in Kenya. As a young boy, I witnessed Canon Awori as a constant presence at our home to offer prayers whenever Jaramogi had a function. Out of the large Awori family, Aggrey became my closest friend out of these initial ties”
Awori contested against Mr. Museveni in 2001 presidential election where he came third with got 1.41 votes.
Mr Awori died on Monday in a Kampala hospital where he was admitted for sometime. He has been battling sickness related to old age. He was 82 years.