Tinga the Son of Odinga (Flame of Freedom)

Rt. Hon. Raila Amollo Odinga is the quintessence of the reform movement in Kenya. This nine stanza poem is symbolic of the nine years he spent in detention without trial, fighting for change, for a better Kenya. We celebrate him today, Mashujaa (Heroes and Heroines) Day, 20th October 2015.
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tinga

Agwambo Tinga the son of Odinga,
you are the arc of the rainbow
the fresh orange of the sun,
the umbilical code of hope!

Tinga our eye is cast to the sovereign sky,
we are awaiting the patterning of the stars
our hope for people’s power shall never die,
‘cause we’re emboldened by revolutionary scars!

Amollo Tinga the son of Odinga,
you are the anthem of the people
the movement of a revolution,
massive democracy in motion!

Tinga your history is the flame of freedom burning,
them tried but never imprisoned the struggle
the intrepid lion grew up roaring in the jungle,
your liberation song was for all tribes of a nation crying!

Agwambo Tinga the son of Odinga,
you are the living legend of true patriotism
the selfless soldier of justice,
our shield and defender!

Tinga you’re the wheels of the hurricane,
lift our great land to fly like a free plane
that we may wipe away clouds of negative ethnicity,
felled upon our land like long rains of animosity!

Amollo Tinga the son of Odinga,
you are the anthem of the people
the movement of a revolution,
colossal democracy in motion!

Tinga they took away your tears with a gas,
them tortured democracy in their chambers
for your conviction they convicted you without trial,
never could they detain the people’s arsenal!

Agwambo Tinga the son of Odinga,
you are the arc of the rainbow
the fresh orange of the sun,
the umbilical code of hope!