Activist Okiya Omtatah seeking Sh1m to offset deceased daughter’s hospital bill

Okiya Omtatah's deceased's daughter Maryanne Annuarite Omtatah. [Photo courtesy]

The family of Kenyan activist Okiya Omtatah has appealed to well-wishers to help them fundraise Sh1 million to offset a hospital bill which accrued when their deceased daughter was admitted.

The deceased, 21-year-old Maryanne Omtatah was being treated for Malaria at a top Bungoma Hospital where she was in a coma for one week before she died on April 16.

The family now says they cannot go ahead with burial preparations because of the huge medical bill that is yet to be settled.

“We the family of Maryanne Anuarite Omtatah a third-year student at Riara University, who succumbed to Malaria on the night of April 16, after being in a coma for a week, kindly appeal to family, friends and well-wishers to donate and help the family offset accrued medical bills and funeral expenses to the tune of Sh1 million,” a family member appealed.

Earlier, Omtatah had tweeted: “Our family is overwhelmed by your very touching support during this very trying times. M-Changa Fundraiser PayBill Number to offset Marisyiana Maryanne Annuarite Omtatah’s hospital and funeral expenses of some *Kshs. 1,000,000.00 (One million) is 891300, Account No.39834.”

Maryanne was pursuing a Diploma in Diplomacy and International Relations at Riara University.

Her father, Omtatah, said she will be buried in his ancestral home in Teso South, Busia County.

“Burial will be on Saturday, 25th April, 2020 at Kwang’amor Village, Amukura Division, Teso South Subcounty, Busia County. May she rest in Eternal Peace and Glory,” he stated.

The deceased was the third born in a family of four siblings – two boys and two girls.