The First GPO Oulu, Oscar Kingara and Godwin Ogato Memorial Ceremony On Friday 5th March 2010
” Justice be our shield and defender. May we dwell in unity, peace and liberty” Kenya National Anthem
On 5th March 2009, two human rights crusaders, Mr. George Paul Oulu and Oscar Kingara of the Oscar Foundation and one innocent University of Nairobi student, Mr. Godwin Ogato were shot dead in mysterious circumstances along State House Avenue. To date, no information from the numerous investigations into their deaths has been provided to their families, friends and members of the Public.
In remembrance of this day, the 1st GPO Oulu, Kingara and Ogato Memorial Ceremony is set to be marked on Friday, 5th March 2010.
The Ceremony on the 5th of March will be marked by a Tree Planting Exercise in honour of the three at the Freedom Corner from 11:00 to 11:45. This will then be followed by a sombre march to the site of their shooting, along State House Avenue for a brief ceremony and lighting of candles in their memory. The memorial will then move to Kisumu Rural, the home area of GPO for a final laying of a wreath of flowers on GPO Oulu’s grave at Holo and Kombewa.
This will be a sombre ceremony, recognizing the tireless efforts of Comrade GPO Oulu and Oscar Kingara in their efforts to liberate Kenya.
Hon. Paul Muite, Hon. Gitobu Imanyara, Mr. Mwalimu Mati, Mr. Cyprian Nyamwamu among a host of other human rights crusaders are expected to grace the event, in addition to friends and families of the three fallen heroes and Kenyans of goodwill.
As our efforts to obtain a permit from the Kenya Police to hold a peaceful memorial ceremony for the fallen comrades have remained fruitless, we intend to deliver, yet another notification letter to the PPO Nairobi Province tomorrow at 10.00 AM.
Signed and issued by the Organizing Committee
GPO Oulu and Oscar Kingara, Godwin Ogata Memorial
GPO OULU REMEMBERED.
GPO a former student leader and social justice activist and Paul Kingara a human rights defender were killed in a hail of bullets a year ago near The University of Nairobi hostels. It is a paradox and great shame that the cowards had to kill GPO near his alma mater where in so many years he fought battles to build a strong student union that responded to nation building and re-creating a nation where all Kenyans lived in dignity. That GPO Oulu suffered in his student leaders to correct rot in SONU-the student union can not be gainsaid that he had to die at the hallowed grounds of an intellectual reservoir pained all who had hope in. That GPO Oulu had to die a cold death, that the people who felled them feared to face them and argue their case is reason enough that Kenya is not there yet. That GPO died fighting for the Kenyan people’s right cannot be forgotten. He raised his voice for the voiceless and the unreached.
GPO Oulu was not a coward, he had no apologies to make to those who promoted bigotry, tribalism, self-aggrandizement, corruption and personal glory. GPO the leader led from the front and sacrificed any little comfort for the student fraternity. That is how all people from his Kikuyu campus to Parklands campus and main campus came to know him, a man fearless and steadfast that even when he was the only one fighting for the rights of the students he would not cower. To GPO that he came from a humble background and that he had a huge responsibility at home did not stop him fro standing for humanity. He did care that a better Kenya would bet a better home for everyone.
This month has we remember GPO Oulu, we also remember the student leaders of yester years on whose blood we stand. To all student leaders in our institutions of higher learning your calling is greater than your tribe and parochial politics. The gift the youth of this country can give GPO Oulu and the rest who have gone before us is to stand and risk for a better Kenya. GPO Oulu’s calling is for a Kenya that is united where all communities work in diversity to build a nation that takes care of all without prejudice and discrimination. A nation where rule of law, good governance and democracy are the pillars for socio-economic and political development. Where Kenyans access basic needs without feeling like they are getting favours, where opportunities for all is the credo of service to the nation.
Today we raise our voices and cry for truth and justice to be served to the fallen heroes. That the murders have not been resolved to date is a shame to all institutions of this nation. This shows the rot and failure in government, the impunity that the Kenyan people suffer everyday.
To those who believed in GPO Oulu, to those who want a better Kenya, we should all demand that action is taken. That we know who killed the two. Every Kenyan’ Human rights defender’s fear today is who will be next? Will we get cowed? Will this go on?