It is awkward and primitive when Kenyans as a community gather to raise money for the funeral but those money end up being misused or held for a different function than the one intended. Money is raised from USA to help cover expenses of the deceased back in the villages of Kenya not to appease anybody who didn’t incur expenses or who’s not a family member.
In a good standing order; on the traditional order, the modern order, even the primitive order and even the spiritual order; the needy are covered with clothes of mercy and sympathy.
The money that was raised by Mwanyagetinge Kenyan community last Sunday 02.02.2014 designated for the funeral service, transportation and medical expenses towards Elder Gamariel mesesi’s father Mzee Jackson Oketch are being held up to this juncture. Some money have been wired to Andrew Mesesi his nephew in two rounds Ksh/=67,000.00, 74,000.00 and 22,000.00 to a non family member.
Family members and friends in Minnesota are curiously asking why money is being wired in rounds and why to in-laws? They’re crying for the foul play of money raised has not reached the designated destination. Why? From Sunday 02/02/2014 until today is 02/07/2014 what is the hold up? Where is the thinking of some people? Stop personal attacks and wire those money home as they were raised. Stop acting like a human hyena who can eat anything even what can not be eaten.
Elder Gamariel Mesesi appealed to Kenyan community in Minnesota to assist him for the hospital bill of Ksh/=1.2 million now he has refused to wire that money to his brother Tom Oketch who was taking care of their father. It’s cat and mouse game? Why is the money being held up to now?
Tom Oketch who’s the son of the deceased took his father to Nairobi west hospital where the bill accumulated to Ksh/= 1.2 million. He decided to transfer him out of there to Kenyatta National Hospital. He passed on after one day at Kenyatta National Hospital. Before transferring him to Kenyatta National Hospital he paid Nairobi West Hospital bill and cleared it.
He borrowed money from Kennedy Osoro a village friend in the amount of Ksh/=500,000.00 and another friend borrowed him Ksh/=200,000.00 and other various friends until he was able to clear Nairobi West Hospital bill ready to transfer his ailing father.
Elder Gamariel Mesesi of Brooklyn Park Minnesota called Family members, friends and Mwanyagetinge Kenyan community to help him clear hospital bill of his father. Kenyans turned out to assist and managed to raise $7,100.00 cash money and $400.00 checks which have all cleared. The obvious question everyone is asking why that money has not been wired in the total amount of $7,500.00 as it was raised and why is that money being wired in rounds to his nephew Andrew Mesesi and why was money in the amount of Ksh/=22,000.00 wired to unknown person or an in law? It’s shame!
I wish I could give you my handkerchief to dry your eyes so you are able to see left and right. When we write we have done our best. Imagine you will ask for another help of the kind how will the community see you then?
Tom Oketch a brother to Elder Gamariel Mesesi wants to refund the money he borrowed where his brother told him to help clear hospital bill.
On top of Mwanyagetinge Kenyan community generosity funds, Osweta Majoge group in Minnesota also gave their contribution making the figures to more than $10,000.00 as a family member disclosed. There is a meeting being organized by Osweta Mojoge group to discuss about the abuse of funeral funds especially on this family. They are said to have a bad record on funeral funds but have failed to realize that this is their father.
Are Kenyans raising money to benefit individuals than serving the intended target? Why is the Kenyan community money being wired to wrong people than those who the money was raised to assist? Can anybody put some sense to Elder Gamariel Mesesi Today? Why not wire those money in the amount of $7,500.00 as it was raised plus the money Osweta Majoge group raised to help the family pay for their outstanding bills.
Family members and Mwanyagetinge Kenyan community officials kindly go back there to these family and account for those money. Money is needed towards those Tom Oketch borrowed to transfer his father to Kenyatta National Hospital. A church elder shouldn’t do shameful acts as a kid born yesterday? The community raise money to help the needy not for self enrichment. Can anybody in Minnesota help this situation?
Mzee Jackson Oketch was formerly the owner of Mocha Bookshop in Kisii town. He hails from Kenyenya Kisii County.