By Collins Matubwi
The grandmother to Former US President Barack is dead.
Mama Sarah Obama, 99, died today morning at 4.45am while receiving specialised treatment at the Jaramogi Odinga Oginga hospital in Kisumu City County.
Kisumu Governor Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o made the official announcement of the passing on of Mama Sarah Obama.
Her elder daughter, Masat Obama also confirmed the death of the matriarch.
She has been ailing since 2019 and has been in and out of different hospitals in the country.
Mama Sarah was third wife of Hussein Obama- the grandfather to former US President Barack Obama.
ODM leader Raila Odinga was among the first Kenyan top leaders to send his condolence message to the Obama’s.
“In the passing of Mama Sarah Obama, we have lost a matriarch who lived ahead of her time. She single-handedly kept the family going long after the husband departed,” Raila wrote on his Twitter Account.
Raila said Mama Sarah had become a symbol of the Resilience and Confidence of the African woman with a unique capacity to face the challenges of life, saying she utilized her grandson President Obama to promote the education of girls and fight social ills through her Foundation.
Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga while condoling with the family said that the people of Siaya will miss her gentle guidance on cultural matters.
“With the demise of Mama Sarah, the people of Siaya will miss her gentle guidance on cultural matters as well as her noble works as an ambassador of peaceful co-existence of our people,” said Governor Rasanga.
Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya said that Mama Sarah Obama was philanthropic, caring and loving to many people in the society,saying that she will be missed for her generosity and wise counsel.
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