ODM Leader Raila Odinga’s daughter Rosemary Odinga has opened up about her life after becoming blind during her visit to Kibera.
Rosemary, who made her first public appearance after 21 months of illness, stated that she is still struggling to adapt to the new changes in her life after she lost her eyesight.
Ms Odinga, however, expressed gratitude for the public and family support she has been receiving since her life changed, promising to continue with the initiative of empowering women.
“I am struggling to adapt to the new changes, having lost my sight during my illness. I have had support from everybody around me for which I am very grateful. I will continue to do what my heart most desires to empower women in our country” she said in a rare press interview.
During the appearance, Rosemary and a Korean NGO donated sewing machines for vocational training in Kibera, with the aim of helping women hoping to join the textile industry.
Sewing machines in Kibera
“After this they will get a certificate that will make them become employable and we are hoping that more and more people will join this program.” said Rosemary.
In February 2017, Rosemary suffered sudden a mild stroke at the height of her campaigns to become the Member of Parliament for Kibra Constituency.
Odinga's eldest daughter was then flown to Nairobi Hospital for surgery but had to seek much specialised treatment in South Africa.
She eventually dropped out of the race for the Kibra seat due to her illness.
Prayer for Rosemary
Lawyer Donald Kipkorir penned down a prayer for Rosemary that read, “dear Rosemary Odinga: “After saying this, He spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” He told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam”. So the man went and washed, and came home seeing” John 9:6-7 Praying that you find the Pool Of Siloam”.