NCIC vice chair Mary Onyango dies in Kisumu

March 31, 2012 10:05 am


Mary Onyango succumbed to cancer/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 31 – The Vice Chairperson of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) Mary Onyango has passed away at Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu.

Onyango who has been battling with cancer fell sick unexpectedly last night at her mother home in Kisumu..

“Mary Onyango started vomiting blood yesterday night. When her condition started deteriorating they (the family) decided to rush her to Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu. On their way she continued vomiting, upon arrival at the hospital, doctors confirmed her dead.”

According to a Capital FM correspondent, the late Onyango was in a jovial mood before her death.

“According to her driver, when they reached her mother’s residence in Ugenya, she stayed with her mother until around midnight and they were jovial and they chatted with her mother.”

The NCIC deputy boss had been battling breast cancer since 1999.

Onyango was also a founding member and executive director of the Kenya Breast Health Programme.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga has sent a message of condolence after her death.

In a statement sent to newsrooms, Odinga said her death could not have come at a worse time.

The PM said that he met with her two weeks ago where she took him through Commission’s plan to ensure the next elections are held in an atmosphere of peace and trust, a feat she believed would be achieved through the Kenya Kwanza Campaign.

He added that Kenyans should remain mindful of her critical work which was making Kenya a safer, unified and more peaceful.

“All of us that she touched mourn her loss. In her honour, let us remain mindful that her critical work- of making Kenya a safer, unified and more peaceful place – must continue, as she would have wanted most of all,” the PM said in his condolences.

“We must carry forward her legacy. In her honour, we must not falter or fail in our search for unity and understanding among our people.”

Onyango was 45 years old.


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