Business came to a standstill in Kisumu as the convoy escorting the body of Fidel Odinga made its way from the Kisumu International Airport to the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground.
The body arrived at noon for public viewing before being transported to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s Opoda home in Bondo, Siaya County.
Residents waited by the streets eager to have a glimpse of the body, with motorcyclists paving the way for the motorcade with various theatrics.
The body arrived in Kisumu shortly after 10am in a Kenya Air Force chopper.
Thousands of mourners, a number of family members and politicians had flocked to the airport to receive the body. Members of the Odinga family arrived shortly before the body arrived, also in a Kenya Air Force helicopter.
There were three helicopters arriving in Kisumu from Nairobi -- one carrying the body, another had Fidel's widow Lwam Bekele and her friends, while the third carried Mr Odinga, his wife Ida and a group of politicians including Senators James Orengo and Anyang Nyong'o and ODM party chairman John Mbadi
They were received by Governor Jack Ranguma of Kisumu, Cornel Rasanga of Siaya, Cyprian Awiti of Homa Baya and Kisumu deputy governor Ruth Odinga, who is an aunt of the late.
The Air Force plane that ferried Fidel’s body to the Kisumu International Airport. It landed at 10am.
Thousands of mourners have lined up the main Kisumu streets, awaiting to receive the body.
Earlier, security had been beefed up around the lakeside city of Kisumu ahead of the arrival of the body.
Hundreds of regular police, Administration Police, as well as plain-clothed officers were deployed to the area.
The officers, some of them sourced from outside the county, are already conducting patrols around the city, with a concentration around the airport and the Jomo Kenyatta Grounds where the public viewing is set to be conducted.
The expectations of the people were high following long queues that were already building up on the road to the Kisumu International Airport. Many others walked towards the area in wait for the body.
Rugby players, who will act as pall-bearers, were also set in wait for the plane taking off from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport.
Members of the Kisumu rugby fraternity await the arrival of the body of Fidel Odinga at the Kisumu International Airport.