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The day Mark Too conducted a 'miracle' at Jaramogi's home

Curtis Otieno
The late Mark Too. He facilitated the connection of Jaramogi Oginga's home to power in 1995. [Photo/Nation]

Former nominated lawmaker Mark Too was known for his miraculous abilities of solving  political shortcomings, landing him the nickname 'Bwana Dawa' (Mr Fixit).

A good instance is when he did what is better enlisted under political miracles in the country, facilitating the connection of former Vice President Jaramogi Oginga Odinga's home to power in 1995.

The home of the celebrated politician had never been connected to power 30 years into independence, a situation that was apparently fuelled by Oginga's political rows with the government.

Too had attended the leader's first death anniversary at his rural home in Nyamira Bondo, Siaya county in 1995, only to find it in darkness. 

In a move to help, he called then President Daniel Moi on phone and within the next one week everything was in order, officiating the Bwana Dawa name.

This was despite an ongoing row between the Odinga family and Moi, hostility the family had inherited from Jaramogi, who was at one point accused of participating in the 1982 botched coup against Moi alongside his son and current opposition leader Raila Odinga.

After Too's intervention, a tarmac was also built joining the home to the Bondo-Usenge Road.

Too died in December 2017.

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