By Donald B. Kipkorir, Contributor | Full Bio |
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Today, Achieng’ Abura left us. In her death, do we see the hypocrisy of Kenyans. Suddenly, everyone on social media is claiming they were friends with her.
Yet in her interview in the Business Daily of July 7 ( my birthday) , she told Jackson Biko (Bikozulu) that she had been struggling for over five years in vain to raise money to take her son to England for treatment of his sickle cell anemia. That in one “successful” fund raiser, less than ten people turned up.
Like we always do, she will now be praised by all, and thousands will turn up in a requiem mass and then the funeral. The body may even be moved from KNH where she has died to Lee Funeral Home. In death, her body will receive more money and friends than she received when alive.
Why do Kenyans turn up in multitude calling themselves friends of one who is dead, when they aren’t there when they were alive?
My true friends know me: I stand by my friends when alive. I will never claim to be a friend of someone when dead when I wasn’t there for them when they were alive and suffering.
Hypocrisy of Kenyans ought to end, and must end. If you didn’t support someone when alive, don’t claim them when dead.
RIP Achieng’ Abura. Am sorry, I never knew you when alive. Our paths never crossed. But will extend support to your son to raise the medical bill for his treatment.
PS. East Breweries Limited with all the Billions they make couldn’t give her the meagre Kshs. 12million after she did all the Tusker Fame Projects? And they claim to be good corporate citizen!
“My son Prince was born with Sickle Cell Anemia. About five years ago, it got complicated with a heart disorder that has kept him in chronic crises and is now affecting other organs. The disorder can be treated and we have assistance from a facility in London to treat him at almost no cost as it is a very expensive procedure.However, we are raising funds to enable the other costs such as the airlift and recuperation requirements. I believe that he will be able to live a normal life after he gets this treatment and seek your kind assistance towards this. I have tried to raise funds twice before but both times were totally unsuccessful. I am not giving up. I know that we can raise this money and will not stop till I get him the treatment he needs. I need your kind assistance.”Achieng Abura.
Sometimes you sit down and really complain about how tough life is for you. You curse and spit and say life’s unfair and how God doesn’t even care about your existence.
Then you remember there’s a sick child out there with Sickle Cell whose mom and only parent just died, leaving him behind, with an illness, without a parent. At just 23.
You wake up and thank your creator instead.
What you also do is contribute as little as you can towards his treatment, so that at least, he gets to carry on the beautiful songstress’ legacy, as a strong and healthy man.
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