Stockholm the 9th of January 2007
In Reference to Mr Osewe’s blog (070109) regarding the death of James Wuod-Maggero. It was very painful to read what Mr. Osewe fabricated after the death of my husband James Wuod-Maggero.
Is it because the colour of my skin is different from my husbands that Mr. Osewe gives himself the right to question my husband’s last wishes?
I find it deeply insulting that Mr. Osewe is questioning my actions simply because I have another colour of skin. James always fought against racial prejudice. Now Mr. Osewe is stirring up feelings based on exactly the type of prejudice my husband was fighting against.
Mr. Osewe claims that he knew James and yet during James’s illness he never visited him or sent any message of wishes for recovery.
I also find it very curious that Mr Osewe, who is claming to have known James so well, has no knowledge of James’s family even though he has been to several occasions when we celebrated weddings, Duokos and birthdays. There are four daughters and two sons and several grandchildren in the family!!!
I wonder if it is more important to listen to others than to James’s own last wish. Me and my girls where all by his side when he passed away on the 4th of January (not on the third as wrongly noted by Mr. Osewe).
Despite of him being in hospital for several weeks his death came as a big shock to us all. We needed time for ourselves to accept the fact that he was no longer with us. We never knew that he was public property. For any other family this would not have been questioned.
Further Mr Osewe says that nobody has been able to get in contact with us. This is not true! We have been receiving several messages and have also answered them. If they didn’t get in contact with me how come they didn’t try our daughter Lillian Wuod-Maggero who is in the phonebook? She lives near us and nobody called her to find out what was going on. Why?
James and I were together for almost 43 years and we have talked a lot about what should be done when either of us goes. James felt very strongly about not sending bodies of deceased persons back home.
Those who knew James would know that. They would also know his thoughts about viewing of the body. He wanted to be remembered as he was when he was with us. He talked about it often enough.
James had his own life philosophy and did not support any official religion. This however did not stop him from helping people in need. He felt that it was wrong to collect lots of money just to send home a body with the result that nothing remained for those back home in Kenya. Those of you, that really knew James, knew his view on these issues and we hope that people will respect them.
If any money is collected in James’s name it should be used to help the children in Kenya. The information of the use of any such donations should be given to The Kenyan Embassy in Stockholm so that any one can obtain the information from there.
James and I had a will and the copy is with The Kenyan Embassy in Stockholm “for their eyes only”.
It is also with our lawyer in Nairobi. Believe me, nothing is done in hiding.
I have been in contact with the family in Kenya and they gave us their blessing to go ahead. As far as I know that has to be accepted even by the Kenyan community in Sweden.
And there are Kenyan members of James’s family flying in to attend the funeral service on this very sad day. That is a fact and seems not to be of interest for Mr. Osewe. (It looks like Mr. Osewe does not have all the facts after all! As someone claiming to be a journalist he should know the importance of checking sources to avoid printing mistakes and outright lies.)
We, the family, are doing what is right according to James’s last wishes, will and testament. And that is not to transport his remains to Kenya. If James knew about Mr Osewe’s ridicules accusations he would not only be angry and disappointed but also very, very sad.
These last days have been very hard on the family and reading Mr Osewe’s accusations does not make it any easier. It is difficult enough to cope with our loss. But we have so many positive memories of James, as a husband and as father – and they will help us through.
We wish to pay our last respect and say farewell to James on Friday the 12th January 2006 at 15.00 hours at Silverdalskapellet in Helenelund. We welcome anyone who peacefully wishes to attend the funeral service.
If you truly want to honour James’s memory you should continue his legacy and help people in need and NOT struggle over his remains.
By Dagmar-Margarete Wuod-Maggero with family
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