“There are things that we don’t want to happen but we have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn and people we can’t live without but have to let go,” were the powerful words in the eulogy of the a couple that died two weeks ago.
Just two years ago, Diana Akinyi Ochieng’ and Moses Ochieng’ Osore passionately exchanged their marriage vows.
They affirmed their affection would be unconditional. “For better or worse, for richer or poor, in sickness and in health, till death do us part,” read part of their marriage vows.
But now, a dark cloud of gloom and mourning hangs heavily over the family of the two. Their’s were among the five bodies removed under the pile of rubble of the building that collapsed on June 9 in Mlolongo.
The couple owned a restaurant on the ground floor of the collapsed building. On their off day, they had gone to oversee the progress of the week.
On the fateful day, friends and family members said Moses and his wife Diana were not in their usual jovial and cheerful mood.
They were restless, but although they all had errands outside Mlolongo, they never left. It was as if some strange unseen force was pulling them to the restaurant.
“When I went to visit them in the restaurant, they seemed unsettled. They had other errands that needed their attention outside Mlolongo, but they showed no sign of leaving the restaurant. They kept running errands around the place,” said Mary Osore, sister to the late Moses.
Diana took some shopping to her brother at the bus station, but did not stay for long.
Moses on his part had wanted to go out and shave, but never moved a step out of the building that day.
Diana worked as personal assistant to the director of Meaf Consultants Ltd while Moses worked as storekeeper at Wire Products Ltd.