Former MP dies after living with a bullet for 25 years

Former legislator Fredrick Oduya Oprong has died at 83 years, his son confirmed.

The former Amagoro MP had been living with a bullet at his head for 25 years  when he nearly lost his life after he was shot by unknown gunmen at his home in Mariakani estate in 1994.

He was rushed to Nairobi Hospital then flown to London for removal of the bullet. One bullet was successfully removed but doctors recommended that the other bullet be left since its removal posed a great risk of death.

For the past 25 years, Oprong had been heavily dependent on medication and required round the clock care due to his condition. His family had petitioned the government to aid in the payment for his treatment, citing that he was injured (shot) while at work

Oprong was among politicians who joined Jaramogi Oginga Odinga to press for the release of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and others from detention before independence. At the independence elections, he was elected MP for the then Busia North Constituency.

 As a pre-independence trade unionist, Mr Oprong had founded the Kenya Quarry and Mines Workers Union, hence Kenyatta appointed him assistant minister for Labour. He later lost his parliamentary seat, only to recapture it in 1992.

Former president Daniel arap Moi then appointed him assistant minister in the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development.

Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong mourned Oprong saying he was a great patriot with an impeccable record of service to the nation and his community.

Former prime minister also stated his condolence.

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