Dennis Oliech’s mum passes on in Nairobi
Dennis Oliech's Mum Mary Auma passed on Friday after a long battle with Cancer.
The football world in Kenya was thrown into mourning on Friday evening with the news that striker Dennis Oliech’s mother had passed on at their Lavington Home. According to reports, Mary Auma, more commonly known as Mama Oliech collapsed at their home after developing complications.
She had been fighting cancer for a long time and Oliech had spent most of his hard earned savings to treat her during her playing days in France.
Auma was at the heart of defending her son in the face of adversity especially back in 2008 when it was reported that Qatar wanted to pay him Sh200mn to change his nationality. After the sunset of his career, Auma also strongly defended her son over claims that he had turned into a pauper.
She was quick to remind everyone that her son used most of his earnings to help treat her and Kenyans should leave him alone.
Auma was famously known for the ‘Mama Oliech fish joint’ which has served very many high profile guests including Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg.
Kenyans thronged social media to pass their condolences and messages of solidarity with Oliech and his family.
“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,” President Uhuru Kenyatta tweeted.
“I extend my deepest sympathies to Denis Oliech and his family for the loss of their beloved mum. I pray that God grant you and your family strength during this dark moment. My heartfelt condolences. #RIPMamaOliech,” striker Michael Olunga posted on twitter.
“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,” Nairobi County women rep Esther Passaris tweeted accompanied with a photo of the two of them in a past function.
“I will write more about Mama Dennis Oliech another day, a mother who loved Kenya.. Harambee Stars...For now, rest well Mama Des.. You have departed knowing that your son Des gave his all..Gave everything...For Des and entire family, my deepest condolences,” BBC Sports Journalist Michelle Katami also posted.