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Uhuru leads the nation in mourning Mama Oliech

President Uhuru Kenyatta has led Kenyans in mourning former Harambee Stars striker Dennis Oliech’s mother Mary Auma, popularly known as Mama Oliech, who passed on at her home on Friday evening.

The President was among political leaders who took to social media to mourn Mama Oliech after news broke of her demise at her home in Lavington after developing difficulty in breathing.

In his message on Twitter, the president said he was deeply saddened by the news of the passing on of Mama Oliech.

Similar condolences messages have also been sent to the family by among others opposition leader Raila Odinga, Deputy President William Ruto and Football Kenya President Nick Mwendwa.

In his message Ruto eulogised Mama Oliech for “nurturing a great son, who opened the gates of professional football to budding players.”

Oliech’s elder brother and manager Nickson Onywanda confirmed his mother’s death saying the body has been moved to Umash Funeral Hom

“She fell ill and we were preparing to take her to hospital but she passed away before we could do that,” Onywanda said.

Oliech likewise eulogized his late mother in a brief message on social media.

“Mum is in a better place. It is sad but I’m happy she is resting now,” he wrote.

The late Auma, who ran the famous ‘Mama Oliech’ restaurant – known for its fish delicacies – was being treated for cancer.

Five years ago, she was diagnosed with cancer and spent close to one year undergoing treatment in Paris where Oliech was playing football.

Here are some of the condolences Kenyans sent to the family.