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BY CORRESPONDENT,30TH MARCH,2021-The curtain has finally fallen on Mama Sarah Onyango Obama after she was buried at her Kogelo home in a private ceremony attended by close family members, top government officials, relatives and friends.
The brief burial ceremony on Tuesday afternoon which was conducted in line with Islamic rites followed a brief funeral service which was led by Sheikh Musa Ismail shortly after midday.
Women were not allowed to access the graveyard in accordance with the Islamic dictates.
She was buried next to her husband Hussain Onyango.
Foreign Affairs CS Raychelle Omamo who landed in the county in a military chopper led government officials and other leaders to pay their last respects to Mama Sarah.
Security was on Tuesday beefed up in Kogelo, Siaya county at the home of the late Mama Sarah Obama ahead of her burial slated for midday.
Leaders who attended the event included Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o ( Kisumu), ICT PS Jerome Ochieng, PS devolution Francis Owino, Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga, Siaya County Assembly Speaker George Okode, county commissioner Michael Ole Tialal amongst other dignitaries.
All the MPs from the county were conspicuously missing from the burial.
There was an outpouring of grief during the internment of Mama Sarah who was eulogized as a matriarch, a torchbearer, an educator and a philanthropist who will be dearly missed.
Malik Obama, the half brother of former US President Barack Obama was overwhelmed by grief as he paid tribute to his grandmother.
He had to cut short his speech before he was escorted out of the arena by his wife.
In his condolence to the family which was read on his behalf by CS Omamo, President Uhuru Kenyatta described Mama Sarah as a celebrated philanthropist who was humble and caring.
He said as a nation, Kenya was privileged to have had her as its daughter.
“We celebrate her life as a woman of substance who was outstanding. She made her home the most welcoming place to everyone who visited,” said Uhuru.
Uhuru said Mama Sarah impacted positively on the lives of the vulnerable in society and her contribution to better humanity will be missed dearly