The grandmother of former US President Barack Obama, Sarah Obama, has passed on.
Reports have shown that the 99-year-old died at 4.45 am on Monday while receiving treatment at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital. Sources claim that she was admitted to the ICU for diabetes management.
Sarah Obama’s family is currently making arrangements for her burial. They intend to bury her at her home in Kogelo village, Siaya County.
Mama Sarah Obama was a Muslim. Therefore, she needs to be buried today as per the religious customs.
“We are trying to see whether we can bury her today. If not, we shall bury her tomorrow,” one relative told journalists.
Sarah Obama was the third wife to Hussein Onyango Obama. Hussein Obama was the grandfather of former US President Barrack Obama.
Barrack Obama was close to his grandmother. He last visited her at K’Ogello in 20918.
Leaders condole the family
ODM leader Raila Odinga has led Kenyans in mourning Mama Sarah Obama. He eulogized her as a matriarch who lived ahead of her time.
“We have lost a matriarch. Sarah single-handedly kept the family going long after the husband departed,” Raila posted on his social media pages.
“She had a unique capacity to face life’s challenges. Additionally, she utilized her grandson President Barack Obama’s rise to promote the girls’ education and fight social ills through her Foundation,” he added.
James Orengo, the Siaya Senator, also sent his condolences to the family. He acknowledged that Sarah had a magnetic personality and deeply cared for others.
“We will always remember her. May the soul of Mama Sarah Obama Rest in Peace,” Orengo said.
Another leader that sent his condolences was Kisumu governor Anyang Nyong’o. He recalled how warm and charming she was to everyone that visited her. Additionally, he said that she was a motherly figure to many people.