Former Gem MP Jakoyo Midowo’s two wives and girlfriend recently mourned him in glowing tribute ahead of his burial on Saturday at his home in Gem, Siaya County.
In her tribute, Midiwo’s first wife Betty Muganda described him as a dotting and caring father, also thanking him for ensuring that they lacked nothing.
She further revealed that they first met during her trip to the US and they have been together for over 31 years.
Togethe they have two children Linda Margaret and Samson Omondi.
“You were a very hardworking man. You did everything and anything to ensure me and our children were provided for all the time. Your commitment to politics was 101% and this sometimes would drive me insane because you struggled to balance politics and your family
“But politics was your life – you breathed politics and lived for it and I respected that and gave you the necessary space and support where possible,” the mother two wrote.
Midiwo’s second wife Rose Olayo in her tribute noted that she is yet to come to terms with the former lawmaker’s sudden demise.
Midowo and his darling Olayo met 15 years ago, and they were blessed with a son Justo Odima in 2012.
“It is still hard for me to accept that you are no longer here. They say time heals all wounds but with your passing, I have come to realise that this is not entirely true. It is only God that can help me through this difficult time. Our time together may have been cut short, but the happiness we shared together, will last a lifetime
“I will always deeply miss our moments of reflections when you would assure me and give me your positive advice. I will miss our morning walks in the village when we would walk non-stop for three hours as we covered our usual 20 kilometres,” she wrote.
Another woman, only identified as Jackie mourned him as a great man remembering one of the special calls from Jakoyo when their son, Allan was graduating with his Master Degree in 2017.
“Mheshimiwa (honourable), as I always referred to you, it is very hard to believe that you are gone. Your strictness is one value that I will always live to remember and appreciate. You asked to speak to me, and your words to me were: ‘You are a good woman’
“Allan is a special gift that you gave to me and little traits of you in him, I at times call him OJ (Otada Junior). I will always thank you and remember you through him,” she said.
The former MP died on Monday, June 14, and the sad news was announced by Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Director of Communications Philip Etale.