Mzee Ojwang deserved better from the government
15 July 2015, 14:23
Nairobi - That a national icon like Mzee Ojwang lived the life he did and died in the manner he did is an indicator of a society that needs to do more to protect its most creative talents.
Mzee Ojwang died Sunday of pneumonia complications, the latest and eventually fatal of a series of illnesses that combed the former Vitimbi and Vioja Mahakamani star.
For Kenyans sadly, the memory of Ojwang will be that of a man who needed public help to survive in his final days and not that of a man who in his prime was as good an actor as could be found anywhere.
And the fact that the government did not say much in his death was enough to anger even the most quiet of individuals.
" It is very unfortunate that Mzee Ojwang’ died a poor man. The government
should have done more to help him for what he did for the country," Senator Stephen Sang said Tuesday of Ojwang's death.
law will give counties an opportunity to honour individuals without
waiting for the government," he said.
Sang was speaking of the County Hall of Fame Bill, which seeks to ensure County governments take care of stars in Mzee Ojwang's ilk.
Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale said it was important to honour
individuals as a way of appreciating their contribution to the society.
" It is vital that such national heroes are recognized. Without them, we do not have cultural balance in our society and that is important," he stated.
Kenyans have started online harambees to raise money for the late Ojwang and his family, a move that Nominated Senator Janet Ongera says is unfortunate.
" It is important to safeguard this Bill, as it gives our national heroes a face even in their retirement," she stated.
Ongera also said that it is vital that the Bill not be misused by politicians to promote themselves.
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