Brothers perish in accident on way to grandmother’s burial

Their journey was cut short by a grisly road accident at Nyosia, near Kegati trading centre, on the Kisii-Keroka highway on Friday morning.

They never got to the burial of their 86-year-old grandmother, Ms Plisper Dande, in Rongo Sub-County in Migori County.

They also never got to share with their relatives at their rural home the joys of a trip they had made to the Netherlands last September.

The two brothers, Geoffrey Otieno Onjiko and John Ochieng Onjiko, died on the spot following an accident that involved their car and a bus that was headed to Nairobi.

“One day, we all will depart on a journey free of cost. Don’t worry about seat reservation, it is confirmed. The flight is always on time. Our good deeds will be our luggage. Humanity will be our passport. Love will be our visa. Make sure we do our best to travel to heaven in business class,” posted Otieno on his Facebook page on September 9, 2016.

“Best moments in life when you see a loved one pursuing her career to the fullest potential. Great is thy faithfulness,” read another of his post on September 26, 2016 after his wife’s graduation.

“A trip to the ICC Hague was so fantastic,” read another post on the same day.

Otieno had also posted the photo of his just graduated wife, Ms Lencer Opiyo Otieno.

Their father, Mr Joseph Onjiko, said his two sons had joined other family members in the Netherlands for Otieno’s wife’s graduation ceremony and had returned late last month to their area of residence in Nairobi.

The cruel hand of death suddenly grabbed the life of the two brothers, aged 36 and 34 years respectively.

Otieno worked for Sameer Agriculture and Livestock while Ochieng worked with Jonyako Transport and Services, Nairobi.


“My two sons are probably with their grandmother now, having met where the dead meet on the fateful Friday,” said said Mr Onjiko.

He said it was double tragedy for the family to lose two productive men at a go as they buried their grandmother.

Their last born brother, 17, and a daughter of their elder sister, 10, escaped death narrowly.

They are recuperating at Jaramogi Oginga Teaching and Referral Hospital and Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu County where they were referred for further treatment from Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital.

“They died young. I am still in shock,” Mr Onjiko told the Nation.

Another brother, Mr George Onjiko, who lives in Kisumu, said the loss of his two brothers has dealt a major blow to their lives.

“We are yet to comprehend what befell us. It is so painful,” he said.

He said he was looking forward to sharing with his brothers their experience in the Netherlands.

“They had just shared with us on the phone what it felt like to be in the land of the ICC-Hague based court, but they never got to give us the real experience face to face …” he said.

Mr Josephat Ongwae, a boda boda operator, explained that the bus swerved to avoid an oncoming car after a Transline Shuttle overtook it.

“The Transline driver overtook the bus and the bus driver tried to swerve off the road to avoid an oncoming Toyota Fielder. He was, however, too late to avoid a collision as the two vehicles collided.

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