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Drama as Obama’s relatives barred from burying their grandmother

The burial ceremony of Mama Sarah Obama was marked with drama as some of her relatives, government officials and journalists were blocked from attending her burial.

Details emerged that some relatives of the late Mama Sarah Obama, who came from Kendu Bay, were barred from accessing their grandmother’s home during her burial which took place on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

“We have driven all the way to mourn our grandmother. The home to which I had unlimited access is now a sacred place that not even me, the late’s granddaughter, can access to mourn her in peace,” Hildah Were, Mama Sarah’s grandchild protested.

Ms Were launched her complaints after only men were allowed to perform the burial according to Muslim traditions. 

“They are locking out family members from accessing the home and allowing politicians. It is embarrassing and disgusting to say the least. Even women who are to dress Mama Sarah are still locked outside here,” Were noted.

According to the funeral organisers, only 30 people were to be allowed inside the compound due to Covid-19 restrictions, a decision that Ms Were disagreed with. 

“The whole world knows that Mama Sarah’s relatives do not leave in Kogelo and those who have been allowed in are not relatives but villagers,” she added.

Siaya County Executive Committee Member of Tourism, Charles Ogada had to make several calls before he could get into the venue.

The journalists were not spared either as they were told to set up their equipment almost 100 meters away from the venue.

Leaders who attended the burial ceremony included; Cabinet Secretary for Defense Raychelle Omamo, Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga and his Kisumu counterpart Prof Anyang Nyong’o.

However, the former United States President Barack Obama did not attend the ceremony but had earlier on issued a statement mourning his grandmother. 

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    Written by Kennedy Omondi

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