Mercy Sakim, the lady who was burnt in Saudi Arabia with acid, and her body got stranded there was laid to rest Friday 2nd December in Kangundo – Machakos county.
Speaking during the burial, Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko who assisted in bringing the body to the country along with other two girls said that it was sad to see lives being lost when people are just going to hustle.
Sonko called on leaders to come up and help such desperate families because many of them fail to bury their loved ones because it is expensive to bring them back home.
“I never knew mercy or anyone in this family but a few people reached out to me and asked me to assist in bringing their loved one home, who died in Saudi Arabia. This Saudi Arabia thing has angered me a lot, how our brothers and sisters go there to hustle but many return while in coffins,” said Sonko.
“I thank CS Mutua for his efforts in assisting our people in foreign countries and I would like to urge all leaders to ensure they serve all Kenyans without boundaries because the majority are vulnerable and they are not able to do such things. That is my request,” he added.
His words were echoed by former Nairobi governor Ann Kananu who asked the government to ensure they investigate the agents who take people to other countries to work without knowing the work conditions or how they are doing.
“My request is for the government to take a keen investigation on the agents who contract people to go outside. Many of them do not care what the people they have taken are eating or how they are doing,” Kananu said.
Mercy died in Saudi Arabia while in hospital after acid was thrown at her in an alleged love triangle. Her body remained in Saudi Arabia as the family could not afford to bring it home until Mike Sonko intervened and helped them bring it this week.
Mercy left behind a son who Sonko promised to sponsor for his education.