, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 26 – Baby Satrine’s father has now launched an appeal for assistance to help him offset funeral expenses for his wife who was shot dead during Sunday’s terror attack at a church in Likoni.
Benson Osinya told Capital FM News on Wednesday morning that in addition to preparing for his wife’s body to be transported from Mombasa to Funyula, he has to be there for his son, Satrine, who is awaiting surgery at the Kenyatta National Hospital.
“The mortuary where my wife was taken normally has a problem with the refrigerator. In case there are well-wishers who can help me transfer her body to another morgue I would really appreciate it,” he said.
Senators Boni Khalwale, Amos Wako, Moses Wetangula and Omar Hassan were among a group of 10 legislators who visited Osinya and Satrine, at the KNH who also pledged to help.
“I am a bit confused especially about the funeral and I do not know what to do because the body is in Mombasa. It has to be transported to Funyula and then there is the surgery of my boy. If I could be assisted in one way or the other, I would be truly grateful,” Osinya stated.
Satrine is due to undergo an operation in the next two weeks time as doctors first have to deal with a swelling on his brain.
Osinya recalled how his late wife went about her business on the fateful Sunday: “On that particular day, she woke up by 4.30am. She normally sells fruits and vegetables. Her usual routine was that she would go to the market in Kongowea (across the Likoni channel) since we stay in Mtongwe. She would then come back with her goods and sell them up to about 8am before proceeding to church.”
He said that on the fateful Sunday, he did not attend church since he had just landed a new job.
“That Sunday, it so happened that I got a casual job somewhere nearby and so I did not accompany them to church. I was however working nearby the church and even greeted them when they passed me. After about an hour, I got a call from one of my neighbours who asked me to confirm if my family who had gone to church because something had happened which was not very good,” he stated.
“That is when I tried calling the pastor whose phone went unanswered before his wife who was crying picked it up. She told me to go to Coast General Hospital where she was and all the while she was crying. When I reached there, I found that indeed many people were injured.”
He said when he arrived at the hospital there was a lot of confusion as a number of people had been injured.
“A short while later, I saw my other son Moses Gift carrying baby Satrine. He came towards me and gave me Satrine before walking away. When I asked him where his mother was, he did not answer but started crying without telling me anything. We then took Satrine to the X-Ray after which it was found that a bullet was lodged in his brain although he was stable,” he said.
He stated that he was worried as to what will happen to his children and appealed to the government to assist him in any way especially to get a proper job so that he can look after his family properly.
“My wife’s death has left me with a lot of worries because she has left me a young child and I do not know his fate as at now. The jobs that I do are not steady since you may either succeed or fail in the many endeavours. As at now, I am seeing things going from bad to worse.”