Kenyans from all walks of life stormed the twitter sphere to mourn the passing on of Mary Auma the mother of the former Harambee Stars prolific striker Dennis Oliech.
Mama Oliech, who was a cancer soldier is reported to have collapsed and died at her home in Lavington, Nairobi on Friday.
President Uhuru Kenyatta led the way in condoling with the family saying he was “deeply saddened” by the news of her demise.
I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing on of Mama Oliech this evening. My heartfelt condolences to the family, relatives and friends of Mama Mary Auma, and indeed all Kenyans. May our Lord bless and comfort all of you during this time of grief. #RIPMamaOliech
— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) July 20, 2018
The former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who is an ardent supporter of the national team, said that “we stand with that family in prayer at this time of grief.
My deepest condolences to Dennis Oliech, the entire Oliech family and the soccer fraternity following the passing on of Mama Oliech after a long illness. We stand with the family in prayer at this time of grief. May her soul forever rest in eternal peace.
— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) July 20, 2018
Auma’s cancer treatment in France three years ago is believed to have cost Oliech up-to Kshs7 million.
China-based forward Michael Olunga, who is largely viewed as Oliech’s successor and the Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa also tweeted their messages of condolences.
I extend my deepest sympathies to Denis Oliech and his family for the loss of thier beloved mum.I pray that God grant you and your family strength during this dark https://t.co/eKWMHQlxKo heartfelt condolences 🙏#RIPMamaOliech
— Ogada Olunga (@OgadaOlunga) July 20, 2018
So were other prominent Kenyans including Nairobi County Women Representative Hon. Esther M Passaris and renowned afro-fusion musician Suzanna Owiyo.
My deepest condolences to Dennis and the entire Oliech Family on the demise of their mother, Mary Auma. Not only did Mama Oliech nurture a star footballer but she also grew her business into a household name through sheer determination. May she rest in peace. #RIPMamaOliech pic.twitter.com/g1996LjvC6
— Hon. Esther M Passaris (@EstherPassaris) July 20, 2018
My heartfelt condolences to Dennis Oliech and the entire family for the loss of their beloved mom, Mama Oliech. May the lord comfort you during this difficult time. Rest with the Angels mama
— Suzanna OWIYO – OGW (@SuzannaOwiyo) July 20, 2018
This mother, Mary Auma Oliech, gave Kenya her best ever striker, Dennis "the Menace" Oliech, we celebrate your life mama, may your soul rest in eternal peace. #RIPMamaOliech pic.twitter.com/FZzF8G2Wix
— Bonface Osano (@bonfaceosano) July 21, 2018
Apart from Dennis, Auma was also mother to Kevin Oliech, Ken Oliech, Andrey Oyombe and the late Steve Okumu, all former football stars.
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