I Am Not Completely Blind - Rosemary Odinga Explains

Rosemary Odinga explained a symbolic skull that she keeps as a tribute to her brother, Fidel Odinga.

Rosemary Odinga with her father Raila Odinga at a past event

Speaking during an interview on Citizen TV, Rosemary stated that the skull was given to her on November 2 which is the date set aside by Catholic faithful to pray for the dead and it also coincided with her late brother's birthday.

Losing Eyesight

She revealed that the death of Fidel Odinga affected her greatly, stating that he was not only a brother to her but also her great friend.

Ms Odinga also addressed losing her eyesight narrating the incident surrounding a trip to Naivasha with her daughters that completely changed her life.

I was doing a workshop for ladies who want to be politicians, and my head was just aching. Then I remember I was called for breakfast and I couldn’t open the door… eventually, after knocking and opening the door, I just collapsed onto the help who was there,” Ms Odinga stated.

My older daughter ran to the clinic and they sent an ambulance which came and picked me up. Then they said we could drive to Nairobi but I said I couldn’t make it so they sent for a chopper which brought me to Nairobi,” she added.

Rosemary explained that was diagnosed with two aneurysms, as well as a brain tumor, which was removed in China.

Partial Blindness

I don’t really see out of the left eye. I can see through the right eye but it’s foggy; it’s like looking through a glass with water in it,” Rosemary explained.

So I see mostly through the right eye but it’s half the vision, and I can see things that are very close to me,” she added.

Ms Odinga said they are unsure whether her partial blindness was as a result of the operations carried out on her but that she’s not giving up on her eye sight.


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