If one examine closely the imposing file picture of the late Jack Akenga, and note the white name tag on the left side of his immaculate suit, one can only come to a basic conclusion to the effect that, this was a well known public figure as he appears to be addressing a congregation in a meeting.
That alone rules out a story of a man not known to the community but the most disturbing thing, is how such a man could die in his house, then later removed by the State, and eventually, cremated without any member of the Kenyan community knowing.
Jack Akenga of Kensington, Maryland died in January 2020, but the family did not know until July 2020 as no one claimed his body. We are told that the State of Maryland eventually took custody of the same and cremated it.
We are all aware that the same State, has all the resources to determine where a person originated from by simply getting in touch with the department of immigration and furnishing them with the available information in their possession, since he died in his House.
All immigrants studying or working in America, have a social security card and they also possess a drivers license that can unveil all details including original place of birth of a person.
The immigration, or even the State, could have given a simple note to the Kenyan Embassy at DC and the same, would have notified the family in Kenya or the Kenyan Community in USA.
If the State never did that, then they failed in their duty and took possession of a body that did not belong to them and further never bothered to find out if the deceased had relatives.
This is a case of total disregard for the sanctity of human life and someone without a heart goes ahead to cremate the same in a hurry.
The family in Kenya, now want his ashes and are appealing for financial help from friends and well-wishers to clear the State expenses and the repatriation of his remains to the final resting place in Kenya.
Talk of adding insults to injury and it’s the situation now as the family is now made to pay the City for their mistake. Their grave mistake, for they never bothered to exhaust all available means or ways to establish if this Kenyan had any relatives, or was known to anyone living near him.
This incident, and many others, just like we always say at Kenyan Parents In USA, is a lesson to all Kenyans to make sure that they keep a friend or two whom they can talk to from time to time.
One should also form a habit of making a simple text to those we left back in Kenya and that way, there is constant communication which can easily make someone to detect a long silence if something terrible like this happens.
We may all not like the Church, but one still must associate with other groups of Kenyans and especially when one is old and constantly getting sick now and then.
We do hope that the wishes of the family shall be fulfilled as they now want to give their son a decent burial back home.
It is the only last respect they can accord him and body, or no body, they can at least get his ashes to bury as it is now the only available remains.
Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
They family have placed this notice elsewhere for Kenyans to assist in transporting the remains.
It is with humble acceptance of God’s will that we announce the passing on of Jack Sabwa Akenga of Kensington, Maryland USA. He was the son of the Late Mzee Benjamin and the Late Mama Hannah Akenga of Vihiga County in Kenya.
He was a brother to Alice Muruka, the Late Josephine Amwoga, Jim Akenga, Bilhah Mutuku, the Late Aggrey Asiligwa, Fred Militsa, the Late Francis Muhingi, the Late Douglas Chavera, Grace Ikutwa, Patrick Nengo and Rose Wandera.
He was the father to Evans Mulanda and Alfred Vidija, father in law to Patricia Havwi. He was also the grandfather to 6 grandchildren namely: Wallace Sabwa, Dorine Asigo, Laytone Sabwa, Jesse Blessed, Steve Kihamba and Faith Lumayo.
Jack Akenga passed away on January 31, 2020 in his house. His family could not be traced at that time. The State of Maryland took custody and the body was cremated. Now the family is humbly appealing for financial help from friends and well-wishers to clear the State expenses and the repatriation of his remains to the final resting place in Kenya.
The total budget for this is estimated at $ 10,000. Kindly send financial contributions via CashApp to Harold Akenga (774-253-2078 or use cash tag $akenga)
Memorial service information will follow.
Thank you for your prayers, phone calls, text messages and financial support during this difficult time.
Arch Dr. Isaac Kinungi
Kenyan Parents In USA
Diaspora National Assembly for 254