Elgeyo Marakwet Senator, Kipchumba Murkomen, in mourning after the loss of a close relative.
Senator Murkomen lost his aunt, Salina Komen Arusei after she succumbed to cervical cancer.
Cancer is a menace that has claimed so many lives in the country, including top Government officials succumbing to the condition. Cervical cancer has also been alleged to be linked with dietary aflatoxins according to damming research carried out at MTRH.
Cervical cancer which is the second most common cancer in women is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the country.
Speaking on Friday, the senator narrated a painful message in remembrance of his aunt Salina whom he eulogized as a great and caring mother.
Through his social media account, the senator expressed how grateful he was for the time he had shared with his aunt. “The beautiful lady, our dear Aunt Salina, has now left us after succumbing to cervical cancer. I can’t imagine the pain and sense of loss that my cousins feel. We are all devastated,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
Murkomen first met his aunt Salina in 2017. Salina had been separated from her husband in 1972 after their uncle (Murkomen’s uncle) disappeared from their lives and got remarried.
“I only got to know my uncle two years before his demise. He left his birthplace in 1972, way before I was born. My Mum used to pray for him unceasingly and she believed in her heart that they would meet again,” Murkomen narrated.
“When things were tough, it’s my aunt who took my cousins to her home in Kapchorwa, Uganda and took very good care of them,” he lauded his aunt for seeing his cousins through thick and thin.
“We are however glad that God gave us the chance to meet my uncle and my aunt albeit for a short while,” the senator concluded.
Among the people who have been swept away by cancer include the late Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso, Kibra MP Ken Okoth, and Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore who died almost at the same time during the month of July.
Following these demises, leaders have pledged the Government to declare cancer a National Disaster and to put in measures to deal with the situation, so as to reduce the rising cases of cancer-related deaths.