‘She gave back to the society much more than she took from it.’ These were some of the glowing accolades echoed about Dr. Margaret Ogola at the Book Launch of her posthumously published novel Mandate of the People nearly 2 years after the passing on of Dr. Ogola, a former Director of Institute of Healthcare Management, Strathmore Business School. The book launch which took place at the Intercontinental Hotel, on January 28th, 2013 was organised by Focus Publishers, the books publishers, and was well attended by family, friends and professional colleagues of the family of the late Dr. Ogola.
In Mandate of the People, the renowned paediatrician cum writer tells a compelling story that succinctly captures, coincides and connects with Kenyas election process. It describes the nominations process, the electoral bodies, voter registration, the campaign trail, the violence, bribery and corruption; All that we associate with the electoral cycle is adequately described there. In the words of Dr. Tom Odhiambo, who reviews the book, ‘Dr. Ogola dispenses with the subtleties and niceties. She tells the story as it should be told, a brutal and honest description of the chicanery, dishonesty and devilishness of politicians.
In his keynote address, the Chairman of the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution, Mr. Charles Nyachae, urged all those who attended the launch to get involved with the electoral process. This, he said, is the only way to guard against the machinations of candidates who do not deserve to be leaders taking over the leadership of our country.
Dr Ogola is best known and remembered for her book The River and the Source, which was a Secondary Schools set-book novel in KCSE from 1999 to 2004. The novel won the 1995 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize best first book in the Africa Region, and the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature the same year.
Other books by Dr. Ogola include, I swear by Apollo, Place of Destiny, Life of Grace, a biography of the late Cardinal Maurice Otunga, co-authored with Margaret Roche.