“She was diagnosed with stroke in September last year and had blood sugar related problems”
She was aged about 99 years, having been born around 1922.
Her death was confirmed by her daughter, Marsat Obama, who told the Nation that her mother died at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital, Kisumu at 4.45am on Monday morning. She had been admitted to the hospital on Sunday morning.
She said her mother had been ailing for some time now and had suffered a stroke in September last year.
“She was diagnosed with stroke in September last year and had blood sugar related problems,” she told the Nation by phone.
“We are trying to see whether we shall be able to bury her today and if not, we shall bury her tomorrow,” a relative said.
Contacted, Mr Malik Obama, the former US president’s Kenyan half-brother, told our source that he would comment on the issue later.
“I have no comment for now, I’ve just woken up,” he said by phone on Monday morning.
Following the news of Mama Sarah Obama’s death, Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o sent his condolences to the family and the Kogelo community in Siaya County, where she fails from, saying she will be greatly missed.
“She was always very charming and warm to those who visited her at home in Kogelo,” Prof Nyong’o said.
According to Prof Nyong’o, the late Mama Sarah Obama was his late mother’s great friend “and a dear grandmother to all of us”.
“Mama Sarah Obama was not only a matriarch of the larger Obama family but a mother figure to many people. She was a philanthropist who helped to mobilise funds to pay school fees to many orphans and vulnerable children. She also supported many widows. May her soul rest in peace,” said the Kisumu governor.