Someone, please understand
First, you lose your beloved daughter and two grandchildren to a murderer. Then you are denied a visa to attend their burial. There is a need for mercy for Bilha Omare's mother.
There is a need for more concern, mercy and understanding. More sympathy and emphathy towards this mother's agony at her most difficult moment in her life.
Twice this week, she and her children have been denied visas to come to the United States and give her slain daughter Bilha Omare and grandchildren Kinley Ogendi and Ivyn Ogendi goodbye.
And the reason she and her children are being denied visas? The American Embassy in Nairobi contends that there is a dispute about the location of the burial. Based on the information obtained by Gusii.com, Embassy officials believe that the burial will be conducted in Kenya.
"But that is not true." Said Elder Shem Onditi, a spokesman for the Omare family in New Jersey. "They have said that the courts have placed an injunction against the burial here but there is no injunction. There was no injunction from the beginning and there is none now." Added elder Onditi by phone.
Mr. Onditi said that the family took the death certificates and other legal documnents provided by the State Of Minnesota to the American Embassy officials in support of their visa applications but they were still rejected.
"There are people who are fighting for the Killer, Justus Kebabe even as he sits in prison. They want to continue inflicting pain to the Omare family." Says Elder Onditi. According to Elder Onditi, there are people making calls and sending letters to the American Embassy in Nairobi saying that the burial will be held in Gusii according to the Abagusii culture and traditions.
Mr. Onditi said that those individuals are making such actions without regard to Mrs. Hellen Omare and her family. "They dont care about the circumstances of Bilha, Kinley and Ivyn's death. They do not want to hear if Mrs.Hellen Omare is hurting." Said Mr. Onditi.
Mr. Shem Onditi said that "What we have done is to reschedule the burial for Friday November 19th, 2010." In doing this, Elder Onditi said that they were giving the American Embassy time to reconsider and give Mrs. Hellen Omare a visa for the burial.
Asked about Savannah, the 3 year-old survivor of the killings, Mr. Onditi said that she is doing fine under the care of Minnesota Childrens Services and will be brought to attend her mother's funeral.