Kenyan couple stuck in India for cancer treatment loses son in tragic accident

Kenya's Ambassador to India Willy Bett. [Photo Trendsmap]

As if a lockdown in a foreign country is not enough, a Kenyan couple stuck in India is in agony after receiving the tragic news of the death of their son back in Kenya.

The couple whose names are yet to be revealed are related to former Capital FM presenter Laura Walubengo.

Walubengo says that the couple travelled to India where her cousin’s husband was receiving cancer treatment.

However, they on Thursday learnt of the death of their son who perished in a road accident in Kikuyu, Kiambu County.

“My cousin is stuck in India with her husband who was undergoing chemo treatment. As they wait to come home, she has received news of the death of her son in a road crash in Kikuyu,” wrote the media personality.

She called on Kenyans to say a prayer for the family.

“Can’t even imagine that heartbreak. Please say a prayer for her today..”

The Kenyan couple is among 160 Kenyans stuck in India after the country’s Prime Minister Narendera Modi imposed an extended lockdown to May 5 due to coronavirus pandemic.

Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs through The Kenyan Embassy in New Delhi says a majority of these Kenyans are those who had travelled to India to India to seek medical treatment.

On April 20, the Kenyan High Commission ambassador in New Delhi Willy Bett, the mission is working on evacuating Kenyans stuck in India.

However, he said that they must register with the Kenyan mission first, have a valid Kenyan passport, pay for their airfare, be COVID-19 free and produce a certificate to ascertain this.

The mission in the statement said that it has taken a proactive approach after the government of India expended its lockdown to May 3, 2020.

“It is appreciated that many Kenyans who may be affected by the restrictions imposed on the movement of persons and the temporary suspension of all non-essential services in India,” the Kenyan High Commission in India noted.

“It has, therefore, become critically important for the High Commission of Kenya in New Delhi to update its register of all Kenyans currently living in India for accountability and decision-making purposes.”