Tears as body of US marine arrives home

There were tears as the body of US marine Chris Atema Masaka who died in the United States was received at the Kakamega airstrip yesterday.

The deceased was son of Ikolomani MP Bernard Shinali. Upon arrival of the son’s body at Kakamega Airstrip, Mr Shinali and family members were consoled by residents of Kakamega led by deputy governor of Kakamega professor Philip Kutima.

Mr Masaka, who was serving in the US Marine, drowned in a swimming pool in Arizona State on July 26 while trying to rescue a young girl of Canadian descent.

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The late US Marine Chris Atema Masaka. PHOTO | COURTESY

Mr Ayitsi revealed that the father of two had travelled from Illinois to Arizona on holiday with his family when he met his death.

“He had been in Arizona for only one day, it is a sudden death, as a family we shall give a comprehensive statement on what exactly occurred once we have been briefed by the MP who has travelled to the USA,” Ayitsi told journalists.

Friends and relatives have been working on funeral arrangements in Nairobi and Ikolomani. Masaka is expected to be buried this Friday-16/08/2019 in Kakamega

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Body of MP’s son who died in the US expected home

The body of Chris Atema Masaka, the first-born son of Ikolomani MP Bernard Shinali, who drowned in the US 10 days ago, will be flown home on Wednesday.

According to Robert Ayitsi, the deceased’s brother, arrangement to have the brought body home have been concluded.

Masaka, who was serving in the US Marine, drowned in a swimming pool in Arizona State on July 26 while trying to rescue a young girl of Canadian descent.

Mr Ayitsi revealed that the father of two had travelled from Illinois to Arizona on holiday with his family when he met his death.

SUDDEN DEATH

“He had been in Arizona for only one day, it is a sudden death, as a family we shall give a comprehensive statement on what exactly occurred once we have been briefed by the MP who has travelled to the USA,” Ayitsi told journalists.

Friends and relatives have been working on funeral arrangements in Nairobi and Ikolomani. Masaka is expected to be buried this coming weekend.

How Kenyan MP’s son drowned in a swimming pool in the US

Ikolomani MP Bernard Shinali’s first born son, Chris Atema Masaka (pictured), drowned in a swimming pool in the US.The 35-year-old US marine died on Friday afternoon while attempting to rescue a young girl from drowning in Arizona State, the deceased’s brother, Robert Ayitsi said.

Mr Ayitsi revealed that the father of two had travelled from Illinois to Arizona on holiday with his family when he met his death.

“He had stayed in Arizona for only one day, it is a sudden death, as a family we shall give a comprehensive statement on what exactly occurred once we have been briefed by the MP who has jetted out to the USA,” he told journalists at the legislator’s home in Ikolomani.

The family has embarked on plans to bring Atema’s body back home for burial.

Kakamega Woman Rep Elsie Muhanda and Navakholo MP Emannuel Wangwe, led by National Assembly Chief Whip Ben Washiali visited Shinali’s home on Saturday morning to condole with the family.

The legislators wondered how the US marine who had undergone extensive training, drowned in a swimming pool.

“We have spoken to Foreign affairs Chief Administrative Secretary Ababu Namwamba, we are waiting to talk to ambassador Amayo or Kogi Muli based at the Kenyan embassy in New York and Washington to see if we can get more information about the cause Chris’s death,” said Mr Washiali.

“It is unfortunate that Chris met his death while trying to rescue the life of another person,” said Ms Muhanda.