In Summary
  • Early this year, Oloo opened up about his HIV status and retreated to his village in Kakamega County to continue his activism as a rural-based activist.
  • Dozens of human rights defenders took to WhatsApp groups, Accountability Demand Net and Kenya Liberation Struggle, where they eulogized him for his gallantry.

  • Mr Oloo was among the first batch of students to be arrested following the 1982 coup attempt.

Human rights activist, writer and former political detainee Onyango Oloo has died.

On Monday, the activist's sister Ms Ruth Oloo said he died in Nakuru on Sunday night.

The founder of Jukwaa political blog, who was tortured at Nyayo House torture chambers, had travelled to Nakuru to pick up 15 copies of Miguna Miguna's book, Treason, a gift he had been sent from Canada.

“Please hold our hands in this time of need and give OO (Onyango Oloo) a befitting send off.  Thank you so much for your love and support. Unfortunately the Miguna books that brought him here were never to reach him. To any he might have rubbed the wrong way, we ask for forgiveness on his behalf,” the sister wrote in an email sent to friends and activists.

A youthful Onyango Oloo being taken to court after the 1982 attempted coup. He was among the first batch of university students arrested following the coup attempt by members of the Kenya Air Force. PHOTO | COURTESY

HIV STATUS

Early this year, Oloo opened up about his HIV status and announced that he was retreating to his home village in Luanda Didi in Kakamega County to continue his activism as a rural-based HIV-positive activist.

Despite his prominence as an activist and former political detainee, Mr Oloo died a poor man with many civil society activists telling Nation that the country let one of  its most passionate and dedicated human rights activists down.

“Onyango Oloo is no more. Very sad turn of events in the last two years for my brother. A true soldier of justice,” activist Cyprian Nyamwamu wrote.

Dozens of human rights defenders took to WhatsApp groups, Accountability Demand Net and Kenya Liberation Struggle, where they eulogized him for his gallantry.

“We all did the little we could at different times. But yes, there is more that we could have done,” Sunday Nation columnist Isaac Amuke said.

Human rights activist Onyango Oloo. His family said he died in Nakuru where he had gone to pick up a gift of books sent from Canada by Miguna Miguna. PHOTO | COURTESY

1982 COUP

Mr Oloo was among the first batch of students to be arrested following the 1982 coup attempt.

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