Okiya Omtatah’s daughter dies after a week in coma
Activist Okiya Omtatah’s daughter died on Friday after suffering from acute malaria.
21-year-old Maryann Marisyanna Annuarite died on Thursday night after spending a week in coma at a Nairobi hospital.
The deceased was a third year student studying diplomacy and international relations at the Riara University. She was Omtatah’s third born out of four children.
Words cannot explain the pain and sorrow of losing my daughter earlier today. May her soul Rest In Peace pic.twitter.com/LwGe6iGSgJ
— Okiya Omtatah Okoiti (@OkiyaOmtatah) April 17, 2020
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga has since sent his message of condolences to the activist, further urging him to channel the pain into pushing for policies to improve the lives of fellow Kenyan citizens.
My friend Omtatah, pole on losing your daughter Maryanne, to acute malaria. I know the pain of losing a child, let it strengthen you to push harder for policies that improve lives for our people. God grant you strength to cope with the loss. You're in our thoughts and prayers.
— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) April 17, 2020