Contrary to many people's expectations, ODM leader Raila Odinga on Friday skipped the burial of pioneer Olympian Nyantika Maiyoro but sent flamboyant businessman Don Bosco Gichana to represent him.

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Mr Maiyoro, who won several medals including inaugural Indian Ocean games in 1953, was laid to rest at Kiogoro on Friday in a function that saw several athletes and legends gathering to give him send off.

But Mr Odinga, who enjoyed personal relationship with Maiyoro, said he will ensure the family recovers a house in Gusii stadium which he was given upon his retirement by the government.

"Earlier on at Wilson. Baba sends his Condolences to Nyantinka Maiyoro Family. He's promised to follow up on the issue of house with the County," he said.

Nyaribari Chache MP Richard Tong'i also said President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga had agreed to have the tittle deed for 7 acres land Nyamira processed following the legend's complaint days to his death.

"He made special appeal to Raila and our president and they have instructed me to follow up the matter. The title deed will be handed over to the family," he said.

While serving as Prime Minister, Mr Odinga hosted Maiyoro and other legends where he promised to have their welfare well taken care of by the state.

Kisii County government is also in the process of renaming Gusii Stadium; Nyantika Maiyoro stadium, a move which will however require an approval by the county assembly.