May 18, 2022

Kenyans mourn veteran politician Orie Rogo Manduli

Orie Rogo Manduli

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Kenyans continued to mourn a veteran politician and fashion icon Mary Orie Rogo Manduli who died yesterday at her Nairobi home.

President Uhuru Kenyatta described her as a woman of many firsts and a trailblazer who fought tirelessly for women empowerment.

“It is sad and unfortunate that death has taken away Mama Orie Rogo Manduli, one of our country’s most recognizable, highly charismatic and accomplished politicians. A bold leader and mentor, Ms Manduli tirelessly championed for women empowerment,” Uhuru said in a statement.

Orie Rogo, 73, passed away on Wednesday evening.

ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi said that Orie Rogo was a charismatic and courageous leader who will be remembered for her straight-talking nature and commitment to women rights.

“I have learnt with sadness of the untimely passing of Madam Orie Rogo Manduli. Her love for African fashion and style will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time,” Musalia said.

Mombasa governor Hassan Joho said that the Mombasa mourns a gallant Kenyan daughter Orie Rogo Manduli.

“A trailblazer who shattered many a glass ceiling for the women of this nation and Africa at large. Her courageous personality has inspired many to greatness and made her a darling and pride of the nation,” Joho said.

He echoed Uhuru’s words that Orie Rogo was was a fearless, bold and practical leader who always spoke her mind.

“The late Orie Rogo Manduli was a woman of many firsts who never shied away from exploring new horizons. She took up and excelled in motorsports at a time when many African women would never have dared thereby opening up the sport to women drivers in later years.

“At the tender age of 16 years, while still in secondary school, Ms Manduli won Miss Kenya beauty pageant. She was simply a phenomenal and standout woman trailblazer,” the President said.
On her signature attire and headgear, the Head of State said the departed Orie Rogo Manduli fully embraced the African culture and was a recognized fashion icon and trendsetter,” Uhuru said.

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