President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent in his condolences to the Obama family, following the death of Mama Sarah Obama.
In his speech that was read by Foreign Affairs Raychelle Omamo, the president said the death of Mama Sarah is a big blow to the nation.
He said that the country has lost a strong, virtuous woman, an icon of family values.
The President also made a contribution of 1 million shillings to the Obama Family.
Only a minimum number of people have been granted access to Mama Sarah Obama’s burial that is currently ongoing.
Mourners have been locked out of the compound of the deceased home, as authorities block the public from accessing the compound, in line with the Covid-19 protocols.
The body of Mama Sarah left Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital around midday on Monday.
In an official president, former US President Barack Obama said, “My family and I are mourning the loss of our beloved grandmother, Sarah Ogwel Onyango Obama, affectionately known to many as “Mama Sarah” but known to us as “Dani” or Granny.”
He added, “We will miss her dearly, but we’ll celebrate with gratitude her long and remarkable life.”
Mama Sarah’s work rose after former President Obama came to office in 2008. Her passion for orphans extended to raising some in her own home.
She was the founder of the Mama Sara Obama Foundation, which gave educational support and food to those children without parents. Support included school supplies, uniforms, basic medical needs, and school fees among others.
According to reports, her death is not related to COVID-19 as she tested negative for the virus. She was sick a week prior to being admitted at the hospital.