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Malik: We are planning to bring back the body of Kezia home

By The Frontier Post Reporter

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The Obama’s family have defended their move to fundraise for funeral expenses for the late Kezia Obama who passed on in London.

This even as the family disclosed that preparations to bring the body of their late mother back to the country were in top gear.

Said Obama, a step brother to former US President Barack Obama said the fundraiser was meant to help the family feed guests who have been visiting to condole with them.

Said, is the son of Mama Sarah Obama (who died last month) and uncle to Malik, Auma and Abo.

According to Said, the appeal was targeting only those willing to contribute towards the funeral expenses.

“There’s a perception that because we’re associated with the former US president, we should not behave like other families. I think this is unfair,” he said, adding that there’s nothing wrong with members of the public contributing if they are willing to do so.

In the appeal, the family said the money should be channelled via M-PESA to 0726634050. 

His brother, Malik Obama said that a small committee has been formed in the UK to spearhead the process.

“We’re looking at repatriation with different funeral companies and comparing prices. A small committee has been formed,” he said.

Malik told the Star on Saturday afternoon that the committee is working to get the death certificate issued so the body can be brought back to Kenya.

“The death certificate has not been issued. The hospital updated that it may be issued on Monday or Tuesday next week,” he indicated.

He said every move depends on the issuance of the certificate.

In a statement, Malik a step-brother of former US president, thanked everyone who has been part of the journey to bring the body of his mother home.

“I am hopeful by next week we’ll have a clearer picture of the direction we’re taking once the death certificate has been issued, only then can we give you the date for repatriation,” he said.

He said every country has its own rules on repatriation.

“We have to follow the law. No shortcuts. We will update you as plans unfold. We are bringing Mama Kezia home to rest with us,” said Malik.

Malik didn’t comment about the issue. 

Kezia was one of the two wives of Barack Obama Snr, the father of the former US President and is the mother of Malik, Auma and Mustapha Abo.

Her children have written to the Foreign Affairs ministry seeking special permits to allow the transportation of the body.

“We hope the government will intervene. We need to bury our mum home,” said Malik.

Kezia has lived been in the UK for over a decade and skipped the burial of Mama Sarah on March 30, 2021, due to illness.

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