Talented actress Nyaboke Moraa has been struck by grief following the passing of former Kenya Sevens rugby coach Benjamin Ayimba.
Nyaboke for many years dated Ayimba and had sons together.
Following news of his demise on Friday evening, Nyaboke paid a glowing tribute to her late boyfriend saying that she has lost a hero.
She asked how she would break news to her sons that their father was no more yet all they know is that he is out for work.
“I am angry because I can’t slap you back to reality I am sad because I don’t know what I am going to tell your boys because they know you went to work far away and will come back one day,” she said on Saturday.
She said that she had been praying for him to recover but only hopes that he had made peace with God before his demise.
“Rest well Otieno, I hope you made peace with God because I prayed the novena and asked God to give you a chance to make things right. I guess my prayers were in vain. This is numbing.”
Ayimba succumbed to cerebral malaria after months of battling the disease.
Reports indicate that he was in and out of hospital for the past few months before he was finally admitted.
He was in serious condition and was admitted to the ICU for weeks but made a slight recovery and was moved to the high dependency unit.
His family a few days ago while fundraising Ksh6.5 million to cater for his hospital bill said that the former rugby coach had made recovery and would be discharged.
At the time, only Ksh5.5 million shillings had been raised. President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga each contributed Ksh1 million.
Raila has since mourned Ayimba’s loss a great blow for the country.
“We have lost a great patriot in Benjamin Ayimba. Prior to taking up coaching he had an illustrious career as a Rugby 15s and 7s international. As coach he led Kenya to their first World Sevens Series title when they beat Fiji at the Singapore Sevens in 2016.”