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Cancer robs Murkomen of his close relative

by Mustafa Juma

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has been thrown into a deep state of mourning after losing one of his close relatives to cancer.

Murkomen who took to his social media pages to share about the loss reveled that his aunt Salina Komen Arusei had succumbed to cervical cancer.

He also shared a deep memory of his good-hearted aunt who once took very good care of his cousins when things turned tough in life.

Salina Komen Arusei, Senator Kipchumba Murkomen’s aunt. Photo/Courtesy

The Senate Majority leader recounted how he had met his Uncle and aunt just two years before his uncle’s demise in 2017.

His long facebook post read,

Our Aunt Salina Komen Arusei has rested.

Two years ago I shared with you the story of my uncle Komen Kibor Arusei , the only brother of my mother who was born in 1940 and whom we laid to rest on the 7th of August 2017 a day before the general elections. I will recount the story just to put my Aunt’s departure into context.

I only got to know my uncle two years before his demise. He left his birthplace in 1972 way before I was born. But for my Mum, everyone else believed he was forever lost. My Mum used to pray for him unceasingly and she believed in her heart that they would meet again. Mum’s faith was confirmed when four years ago after a long lonely search she “stumbled” upon a person who knew his whereabouts. My uncle was alive. He had a family. He lived somewhere in Trans Nzoia working for a large farm owner on the border of Kenya and Uganda. He married a beautifu Ugandan lady from the slopes of Mt.Elgon and together bore four beautiful children (my cousins),Kiplagat, Abraham, Lydia & Joseph.

When things were tough it’s my Aunt who took my cousins to her home in Kapchorwa, Uganda and took very good care of them.

The beautiful lady, our dear Aunt Salina has now left us after succumbing to cervical cancer. I can’t just imagine the pain and sense of lose that my cousins feel. We are all devastated.

We are however glad that God gave us the chance to meet my uncle and my aunt albeit for a short while. Had my uncle and aunt passed away before we reconnected, it would have been impossible for us to ever linkup with out beautiful family. By God’s grace we shall soldier on with life together.

Fare thee well Aunt Salina.

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