February 5, 2015
Members of the Kenyan community in Stockholm have been called upon to pray for Lizz, Clay’s wife, who is in hospital and suffering from severe malaria. Lizz is admitted at Karolinska hospital and Kenyans, friends, well-wishers and all people of good will have been asked by the family to pray for her and her family. Clay sent a call for prayers through a Facebook entry. Lizz contracted malaria while on a recent vacation in Kenya. At KSB, we take this opportunity to wish Lizz a quick recovery and hope that Clay’s family will continue to remain strong as Lizz continues to recuperate in hospital.
January 28, 2015
Deep Mourning in Stockholm as Dad to Patrick, Dan, Lenza, Diana and Victor Passes On: Prayer Meeting/Funds-Drive on Saturday 31st
Once again, death has struck at the very center in Kenya Stockholm. For the second time in less than 2 weeks, the entire family of the Arokas has once again been plunged into deep mourning. With great sorrow and deep sadness, the Aroka family announces the passing of Mzee John Odhiambo Aroka who passed away yesterday in hospital after a long illness. The Mzee’s demise follows the passing of Isdora Ngere, his sister, who was laid to rest last Sunday, January 25th 2015.
Mzee John was the father of Kenya-Stockholmers: Patrick Odhiambo, Dan Odhiambo, Lenza Odhiambo, Diana Odhiambo, Victor Odhiambo among other siblings resident in Kenya. Mzee John was also uncle to Jared Aroka (resident in Stockholm) and Ken Aroka who relocated to Kenya from Stockholm a few years ago. Family members are preparing to travel to Kenya to attend the funeral.
Following the sad news, an “Open House” has been set up at Dan’s residence every evening at Granbacken 13 in Huddinge where relatives, friends, well-wishers and sympathizers continue to pour in to condole with the bereaved family and to help them cope with this difficult and very trying moment.
The Aroka family has not only lost a father, grandfather and uncle. It has lost a guardian, teacher, wise-man and, most importantly, a humble and central pillar of the family who led by example. Without an overstatement, the gap Mzee John has left will truly never be filled.
As the family grapples with the tragedy that has struck suddenly, a “Family Support Committee” led by Mr. Frank Odhiambo, has been set up to help the family cope with great grief the Arokas are undergoing following two subsequent deaths within a short spun of time.
Consequently, the Committee has scheduled a Prayer Meeting/Funds-drive on Saturday 31st January 2015 at Dan’s residence located at Granbacken 13 in Huddinge. Speaking to KSB, Committee Chairman Frank appealed to Kenyans, friends, well-wishers and all people of good will to come together in Prayer on Saturday to show solidarity with the Aroka family which is well known in Stockholm for showing solidarity during difficult moments. What is more? The emotional burden on the Arokas this season has been heavy to say the least.
Having met Mzee John Odhiambo Aroka way back in Kenya, I personally take this opportunity to send deep condolences to the entire Aroka family and hope that they will find the courage and strength to go through these uncertain and sad moments of mourning. Mzee John was a great father who brought up very brilliant and successful children who will, no doubt, continue with his legacy.
For messages of condolences, directions, or for further information, please, contact Frank Odhiambo, Committee Chairman, at 0737643866. May God rest the soul of Mzee John Odhiambo Aroka in Eternal Peace.
January 28, 2015
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January 23, 2015
Jamhuri Day, the Kiswahili term for Independence Day, is one of the most important national holidays in Kenya, marking the country’s membership into the Commonwealth of Nations as a Republic, in 1964. Kenya gained her independence from the British colonialists on December 12, 1963.
From time immemorial, Kenyans in Stockholm have celebrated Jamhuri day on December 12th, hosted by the Ambassador of the day. However, in 2014, this was not the case under the current leadership of Ambassador Dr. Joseph Sang. Speaking separately, veteran Kenya-Stockholmers Messrs. Sospeter Otieno Opee and Gerry Midenyo expressed their profound disappointment, when the annual celebration did not take place. It is an occasion that symbolizes the end of the year and unites Kenyans from all walks of life. It is claimed that the Jamhuri event is normally allocated around SEK 400,000 taken from the poor taxpayers in Kenya. In Stockholm, it is usually marked by a two-hour session of binging and imbibing, at a location of choice by the Embassy.
Ambassdaor Sang seemed quite likeable when he came to Stockholm in 2013, but from observations, he has chosen to follow the path of his predecessor, former Ambassador Purity Wakiuru Muhindi, by selectively hosting or attending Kenyan events. From the Embassy’s official website, there is nothing mentioning in advance that last year’s Jamhuri Day would not take place.
Purity must be credited for not ever having cut out Jamhuri Day for the larger Kenyan community, as Sang did last year. Many are asking: “What happened to the money allocated for the event?” Sang’s premier Jamhuri Day in 2013 was met with anger when he hosted it in Husby, a suburban area of Stockholm City, yet past events had always been held within the central business district. As they await to see how Sang is planning to deal with future events, Kenyans need answers as to why Jamhuri 2014 went missing from the menu.