The Late George Omoyi Lukoba
Sunrise Feb 1937 Sunset 4 Jan 2009
Having come from a humble home he decided to forego further education and opted for employment to assist his parents and siblings. The first opportunity that came his way in terms of his profession was Medical Training School at Kisumu in early 1957 but he later abandoned this course for Railway Training School at Jinja where he trained as station clerk. After six months training he was posted to Tororo Railway Station in mid 1957 where he worked for a short time before he was posted to Kampala Railway Station. He worked at this location until early 1959 when he was sent to Railway Training School (RTS) Nairobi where he trained as an Assistant Station Master for six months after which he was posted to Kiu Railway Station. He later worked at various stations including Fort Hall Murang'a, Simba, Lukenya, Sultan Hamud, Embakasi, and Dagorreti. He thereafter went back to RTS to train as a Station Master. He then proceeded to work at Eldoret Railway Station as Station Foreman in the late sixties until 1970 when he was transferred to Nairobi Railway Station as Yard Foreman before being promoted and posted to main station upper class booking office as in charge of reservations. He worked in this Office until he retired from Railways after 35 years of distinguished service in 1992.
George Omoyi met and married Faice Alice Mayabi (Namudu) who at present is a Lay Canon in church, on 9th March 1960 and later solemnized his marriage in the year 1979. He was blessed with five children, four sons and one daughter namely Geoffrey Omoyi, Vincent Omoyi both of New Jersey, Samuel Odhiambo, Samson Lukoba and Abigail Omoyi all based in Kenya. He is also survived by his grandchildren Ruth, Faith, John, Brigid, Elizabeth, Joy, Ashley, Imelda, Baby Joshua, Michelle and Aydan. Siblings Peter, Morris, Janet, Maximilla, Hannington, Naliaka, Adhiambo, Nabwire, Patrick, Wandera, Narotso, Nekesa, Khadudu, Thomas and Barasa and stepmother Nabwire. He was also brother to the late Maloba Lukoba and Henry Lukoba. He was also father in-law to Lydia Makhandia Omoyi and Alice Kariuki. Brother in-law to Lawrence Mugala Mugasiali and Florence Murema. Nephew to Lambert Barasa, Uncle to Kenneth Kaunda Odulwa, Julius Okuku, Arthur Lukoba and Charles Lukoba all of New Jersey And also he was a great uncle to Beatrice Maloba of New York. As well as cousin to Abigail Lunzalu and Olivia Kunguru of Texas
During his working life George invested his resources heavily in the welfare of his family including the education of his siblings and children, Land matters and subsequently income generating activities. After his retirement he concentrated on community development activities. He was the first Chairman of the Nambale Business Community, Member Board of Governors Kisoko Girls High School and Nambale Boys High School. He also served as Treasurer of Nambale Constituency Development Fund (CDF). He personally initiated the establishment of Nasira RC Secondary School and as the first Chairman of the BOG and subsequently served as a member. He spearheaded the construction of Nambale Bugeng'i road through Nasira Market and the electricity project from Tanga corner to Nasira. He was also on the forefront of requesting the creation of Busibwabo Location which was carved out of Suo Location. Until his death he was the first Chairman of Bukhayo Council of Elders Association. He initiated the creation of Busibwabo Dispensary. He was a respected senior mentor of his clan, the Bamenya of Bukhayo.
George Omoyi was devout Christian. He was a life member the Kenya Anglican Men's Association. (KAMA). He played a big role in the establishment and construction of St Johns Buloma Church and was Treasurer of this Church. He once served as a member of the Nambale Parish Council and until his untimely death served as Finance Chairman of the Parish. He always offered valuable ideas for the development of the church in general and contributed generously to its activities both in terms of resources and time.
God blessed George Omoyi with good health most of his life. In July 2007 he stated complaining of recurring headaches and treatment at Tanaka Nursing Home initially. He later traveled to for treatment at Nairobi where he was diagnosed with a brain tumour which necessitated urgent surgery. He underwent a successful operation on the 23rd August 2007 and the doctor advised for further treatment for radio and chemo therapy which was referred to Doctor Kannan of PJ Hinduja Hospital Mumbai in India between October and November 2007. He returned home to recuperate and continue with medication. Throughout his treatment the Doctors were helpful to the family and prepared us for any eventuality. George fought hard and was committed to his treatment never missing any appointment or his medication. While at his ancestral home in Busia District, on Friday 2nd January 2009 he ate all his meals and went to bed and slept peacefully and woke up on Saturday morning to bid goodbye to his daughter and grandchildren who were leaving for Nairobi, however he was not able to eat anything the whole day. He was taken to Tanaka Nursing Home for medical assistance where the Doctor attended to him and returned home that evening. However his condition got worse in the evening and continued to deteriorate throughout the night. He finally succumbed peacefully on Sunday the 4th January 2009 at 7.15 a.m. in the presence of his wife, brother Peter, son Samson and attendant Nicholas.
ONLY GOD KNOWS
Only God know what a wonderful life you led
Only God knows what a loving husband you were
Only God knows what a caring father you were
Only God knows how you adored your siblings
Only God knows what a pain you suffered
Only God knows how you endured the pain without complaint
Only God knows what a man you were
Only God knows that your soul is at peace
GOD GIVES AND GOD TAKES AWAY
"You Lived a Full Life, You Kept the Faith and May God Rest Your Soul in Eternal Peace, Amen!!!"
George Omoyi alizaliwa mwaka 1937 katika Kijiji cha Ebuloma, katika lokesheni ndogo ya Nasira, Bukhayo, Wilaya ya Busia. Alikuwa mtoto wa kwanza wa marehemu Mzee Ibrahim Lukoba Odulwa na Mama Monica Christine Auma Lukoba (Namani).
‘Omoyi’ ndio jina alilopewa ya Kiteso kwa heshima ya mchunga wanyama mwaminifu kabisa aliye saidia wakati alipo kuwa akizaliwa. Akiwa mtoto, nyanyake marehemu mpendwa Munyakho (Nakhabi), alisaidia kumlea, nyanyake alimpenda
Alijiunga na Shule ya Msingi ya Nambale mwaka 1946 na kufanya mtihani wa ‘common entrance’ mwaka 1952 na akaendelea Shule ya Nambale Intermediate hapo mwaka 1953 alikofanya mtuhani wa Kenya African Preliminary Examination (KAPE) mwaka 1956 na akapita vyema. Kwa kuwa alitoka familia isiyokuwa na uwezo mkubwa, aliona hafadhali asiendelee na elimu ya juu na akatafuta riziki ili aweze kuwasaidia wazazi na ndugu zake. Nafasi ya kwanza aliyopata kuhusiana na utaalamu wake ilikuwa ni
George Omoyi alikutana na kumuoa Faice Alice Mayabi (Namudu) ambaye kwa sasa ni ‘Mshemasi’ (Lay Canon) kanisani, hapo Machi 9, 1960 na baadaye akahalalisha ndoa yake mwaka 1979. Alibarikiwa kupata watoto watano, mmoja wa kike na wane wa kiume, wanaoitwa, Abigail, Samuel, Geoffrey, Vincent na Samson. Amewacha wajuku wake Ruth, Faith, John, Brigid,
Wakati wote alipokuwa akifanya kazi, George alituimia rasilimali zake kwa wingi
George Omoyi alikuwa Mkristo wa dhati. Alikuwa mwanachama wa maisha wa Kenya Anglican Men’s Association. (
Mwenyenzi Mungu alimbariki George Omoyi na afya nzuri kwa mda mrefu maishani mwake. Julai 2007 alianza kulalamika kuwa kicha kilikuwa kinamuuma mara kwa mara na mbeleni alipata matibabu hapo Tanaka Nursing Home. Baadaye akasafiri hadi
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