Mama Sarah Obama, the grandmother to former US President Barack Obama, has died, the family has said. According to the family spokesman Sheikh Musa Ismail, the body of Mama Sarah will be laid to rest on Tuesday before midday in line with the Islamic faith.

Mama Sarah who was the third wife of the late Hussein Obama died at 4 .20 am on Monday at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital while receiving treatment. She had been battling diabetes for the past two years.

Burial plans are currently underway in line with Islamic tradition for the ceremony that will be held at her K’Ogelo village home in Siaya County..

The 99 year old Sarah Obama was taken ill last week and was admitted at Avenue hospital in Kisumu before being moved to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH) where she passed on. According to her only surviving sister 83-year-old Mwanahawa Abdala, the late Sarah Obama was the second born in a family of twelve children.

According to the family spokesman, Mama Sarah Obama was Covid-19 negative, “She was tested on Sunday and the results were negative. She didn’t die because of Covid-19,” he said.

He said that the former US president had received the information about the passing on of Mama Sarah and sent his condolence to the family. “He is in touch with the family and he is saddened by the sad news,” he added 

President Uhuru Kenyatta and other leaders have sent a message of condolence to the Obama family following the passing of Mama Sarah Obama

President Kenyatta noted that Mama Sarah would be remembered for her philanthropic works especially within her community. “The passing away of Mama Sarah is a big blow to our nation. We’ve lost a strong, virtuous woman. A matriarch who held together the Obama family and was an icon of family values.

“She was a loving and celebrated philanthropist who graciously shared the little she had with the less fortunate in her community,” the President stated.

Others who sent their condolence messages include former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, former Vice President Musalia Mudavadi, Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o, Siaya Senator James Orengo, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula among other leaders.


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