Deputy President William Ruto and former Machakos senator Johnstone Muthama on Friday, October 2, came to the rescue of a family looking to repatriate the body of a 19-year-old Kenyan teenager who passed away while in Russia.
Muthama revealed that upon learning of the family's plight on a Citizen TV feature, he reached out and sought to help them.
"William Ruto and I have fully catered for the repatriation Ksh422,000 expenses to bring our son back home, Ruto gave Ksh 300,000 while I gave Ksh22,000 to help the family," he stated.Former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama addressing a rally in Tala on Thursday 1 October 2020.
Muthama stated that he had held meetings with the family to follow up on progress to repatriate Abraham's body.
The father of the Alliance High School alumnus, Ambrose Mwendwa appealed for help after he lost his job in March 2020, due to redundancies in a hotel where he worked.
At the time, he stated the bill stood at Ksh 1.2 million.
“We are therefore kindly and humbly requesting the government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to assist in preparation and repatriation so that my son’s body can be brought to Kenya for decent burial,” the father stated in a previous interview.
Following his appeal, Kenyans came to support him with a medical appeal on various social media platforms.
Abraham who was an engineering student at Russia’s St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University, died while undergoing treatment.
He had left the country after he successfully landed a sponsorship to study abroad.
The student community in Russia accused the embassy of neglecting them while in the country.19-year-old Abraham Mwendwa, an Engineering student at Russia’s St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University, who died while undergoing treatment on September 21, 2020.
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