Perhaps the answer to what was really troubling Dr Ouko lies in the Bible.
Martin Minns: Dr Ouko by all accounts was not a regular churchgoer. Some people said not a churchgoer at all but he does attend his local church in Koru the Sunday before he is murdered and prior to that he has a meeting and chats with his pastor, Namaan Ominde and they discussed the bible passages to be read at the service.
Job 3:1-11King James Version (KJV)
Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.
Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.
Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it look for light, but have none; neither let it see the dawning of the day:
Because it shut not up the doors of my mother’s womb, nor hid sorrow from mine eyes.
Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?
Was this a cry from the heart? A man cursing the day he was born and his mother for giving birth to him?
Troon says of one that it’s about why do wicked rich men prosper but Troon admits at the Public Inquiry that he does not actually read the bible passages. By any means that’s not what they’re about.
One is about a lament for why I was being born and the circumstances of my birth, and my lineage, and one is clearly about a dispute within a family.
Jeremiah 12:1-6 New International Version (NIV)
If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?
Your relatives, members of your own family— even they have betrayed you; they have raised a loud cry against you.
Do not trust them, though they speak well of you.