Kenya’s football darling Dennis Oliech opens up about his kid brother Kevin Oliech’s last moments and regrets allowing his mother to stop treatment in France and jet back home.
In an interview with Jalango on his YouTube channel, Dennis revealed that his mother would be alive, if she did not seek remedies from the ‘miti shamba’ practitioners who did not know how to treat her ailment.
“THE THING THAT KILLED MY MOTHER WAS DAWA ZA KEINYEJI, HOSPITAL ZA MTAANI, DAKTARI HANA EQUIPMENT AND THEY JUST WANT YOUR MONEY, I THINK THAT IS WHAT KILLED HER.”
Oliech narrated how his sister Elsie, who is married to Kris Darlin left her family to go take are of the mother in France for a years she under went treatment.
“ELSIE LEFT HER HUBBY AND STAYED WITH MY MUM FOR ONE YEAR THAT WAS HARD BECAUSE SHE WAS MARRIED AND I WAS PLAYING AT I COULD NOT STAY WITH MUM. I WOULD GO THERE IN THE WEEKEND. I THANK MY SISTER VERY MUCH, ELSIE IS ONE OF MY HEROES SHE STAYED WITH MY MUM, SHE DID NOT HAVE MONEY, SHE HAD NO IDEA HOW SHE WOULD GO HOME, LUCKILY THE TREATMENT WENT WELL. THE HOSPITAL BILL USED WAS A LOT, I HAVE A BABY IN FRANCE WITH A LADY CALLED VERO, WE WOULD PAY THROUGH HER.”
“MUM WOULD STILL BE OKAY IF SHE STAYED IN FRANCE. AND SHE WAS CLOSE TO GOD, THAT IS WHY SHE SURVIVED, SHE WAS IN A WORSE STATE THAN KEVIN WHO WAS ALSO DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER.”
Popularly known as Mama Oliech, Mary Auma died on July 20, 2018, at her home in Lavington, Nairobi, after developing difficulty breathing. She was buried in Kisumu on August 18, 2018.
Oliech went ahead to narrate how his heart was broken further by the death of his kid brother Kevin Oliech.
“LIFE CONTINUED, THEN WHAT HURT US AGAIN WAS KEVIN. BECAUSE KEVIN WAS CLOSE TO ME HE WAS THE ONLY PERSON I WAS TELLING MY SECRETS. HE WAS THE ONE PERSON I COULD OPEN UP TO. AND HE WILL NOT REVEAL YOUR SECRETS.”
“THE GOOD THING WITH KEVIN, HE KNEW HIS TIME WAS UP. HE WAS OKAY IN GERMANY BUT HIM HE WAS IN THE FINAL STAGES. WE TRIED EVERYTHING. HE KNOWS HE WAS VERY LOVED. PEOPLE LOVE ME FOR MY NAME, BUT WITH KEVIN, HE WAS LOVED FOR HIM.”
The late Kevin Oliech, a former Mathare United and Thika United player who succumbed to cancer on August 16 in Germany was laid to rest in Seme, Kisumu in September 2020.