Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga on Sunday, 11th April, paid a visit to the family of ailing rugby icon Benjamin Ayimba.
In a tweet, Odinga said he met the family to extend his support, though he didn’t disclose how much money he offered the family.
“I met the family of Kenyan rugby legend Benjamin Ayimba, who is currently hospitalised, to offer prayers, encouragement, and extend support to them. You are in our prayers, Benjamin Ayimba,” Raila said in a tweet.
His visit comes just a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta reportedly contributed Ksh1 million to help the family offset Ayimba’s huge hospital bill.
This was after his family called on Kenyans to help them settle his hospital bill of Ksh2.2 million.
Ayimba’s eldest son, Brian, said that the family needed to clear the bill at the private hospital before moving the rugby icon to the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) for specialised treatment.
“All this while we have tried to maintain his privacy and dignity but it has reached a point where we can’t keep quiet anymore,” he told The Standard.
“The family had thought it was not going to be this serious. So, we didn’t want to cause alarm but where we have reached now, we call upon the rest of the country to come to our help. With the hospital bill now standing at over Sh2.2 million, we need help as we have exhausted family resources,” he added.
Ayimba, who is battling cerebral malaria, has been in and out of the hospital since last year, when he was diagnosed with the disease.