The family of Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o is in mourning following the death of their mother.
Mama Dorcas died at Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi on Tuesday, where she was receiving treatment.
At the time of her passing, Mama Dorcas was 98 years old.
The governor’s press unit has since confirmed her death.
“We keep the Governor and the entire family in our prayers at this very dark time in their lives. May the Lord rest her soul in eternal peace,” read part of a statement by the governor’s press unit.
The news comes hours after Governor Nyong’o and his sister Risper Nyagoy failed to appear in court for sentencing after High Court Judge Thrispisa Cherere found them guilty of contempt for failing to include their nephews as beneficiaries for a Ksh200 million estate.
The sentencing was moved to Thursday this week.
Opposition chief and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga led Kenyans in mourning the passing on of Mama Dorcas.
Odinga described Mama Dorcas as a true matriarch and pillar of the Nyong’o family.
“Our family will be forever grateful for the friendship we formed that has stood the test of time. Our hearts and prayers are with the entire Nyongo clan at this moment of grief. May God grant the family the fortitude and faith to cope with the loss,” Odinga stated.
Mama @IdaOdinga and I mourn the passing of Mama Dorcas Owino Nyongo, mother to Prof. @AnyangNyongo. Dorcas was a true matriarch and pillar of the Nyongo family. She never stopped serving and guiding the family and the community she was part of despite her advancing years.
— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) May 28, 2019
Pole sana Governor @AnyangNyongo for the loss of your dear mother Mama Dorcas Owino Nyong'o. I pray to God to give you and your entire family the fortitude to overcome the pain that comes with such loss.
— Philip Etale (@EtalePhilip) May 28, 2019
— DR.ALFRED.LETEMERE (@AlfredLete) May 28, 2019
My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mama Dorcas.
— Momanyi John (@TheHonMomanyi) May 28, 2019