Eldest son steps up to clear burial rumors

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According to the Eldest son of the late Mama Oliech Nickson Onywanda, the burial ceremony will be on the 11th of August.

Speaking to sources, Nickson put to rest rumors circulating around his mother’s burial saying that the family had come to a definite decision on the matter.

He later explained that the family had met with elders to settle the differences between two factions advocating for two different burial dates with one seeking to have her laid to rest on the 11th of August while the other on the 18th, one week later.

“Yes it is true there were differences in burial dates, but it all comes to one thing that she is our mother. One group wanted one date for their own reasons the other date also for different reasons. There was no unanimous decision on when to lay to rest our mother.

“So, one group placed an advert on the paper and the other followed suit. I cannot stop anyone from doing it. I understand why there is confusion but we as the family sat down with the elders and iron out issues.They stated that decision will be made by the eldest son, which is me. I chose 11th where the majority had decided,” said Onywanda.

Mama Oliech’s body -which is at Umash Funeral Home – will now be taken to her rural home in Seme, Kisumu County on Thursday.

It is believed that where the two opposing obituaries were placed, one of the adverts was sponsored by one of Mama Oliech’s five sons while the other by one of her daughters.

The matriarch of the Oliech family, mother of Kenya’s most popular footballer of the past decade Dennis Oliceh, died on July 20 after a long battle with illness.

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