The late Mama Mary Auma affectionately known as Mama Oliech. PHOTO | NATIONThe late Mama Mary Auma affectionately known as Mama Oliech. PHOTO | NATION
By HILARY KIMUYU

After squabbling for weeks, the family of Harambee Stars captain Dennis Oliech’s mother has finally settled on the burial date of Mama Mary Auma.

In a statement to media houses on Friday, the family said that their mother, popularly known as Mama Oliech, will now be buried on August 18, 2018.

“After long deliberations and soul searching we the Oliech family have resolved to bury our beloved Mum Mary on August 18th. We regret any confusion that has been portrayed and any inconvenience caused,” the family statement read in part.

The family also thanked all their friends and well wishers for their continued support following Mama Mary’s demise.

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“Thank you for the contributions and any roles you have all played and continue to play in order for us to be able to give our mum the heroic sendoff that she deserves. Family and friends continue to meet daily at her residence at Lavington, Riara. The Cortege leaves at night to arrive early afternoon on 17th August, 2018 at Seme Ratta,” the statement read.

A family friend also confirmed to Nairobi News that the burial will indeed be next Saturday.

Mama Mary’s burial arrangements were early this week thrown into confusion after two of her children published two obituaries with conflicting dates of burial in Tuesday’s Daily Nation.

One obituary announced that Mama Oliech’s burial would be held on August 18, 2018 at the family home in Ratta-Seme, Kisumu county while the second obituary announced the burial would be held a week earlier.

Mama Oliech died on July 20 at her home in Nairobi following a long battle with cancer.

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