Kenyan Student Dies In Russia, Family Asks Government To Help Clear 1.5M Bill


The family of 19-year-old Abraham Mwendwa is yet to come to terms with the death of their son who died on Monday after a short illness.

Mwenda whose family is based in Nairobi was an Engineering student at Russia’s St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University under the government scholarship program.

Apart from dealing with grief, his family is faced with yet another struggle as they cannot afford to repatriate the body of the deceased.

According to the family spokesperson, the embassy had instructed them to organize for the transportation of the deceased body and will be expected to fully cater for the expenses.

In a plea to the government, the family has asked for support in paying the 1.5 Million bill stating that financial constraints is a major obstacle to facilitate the process.

The Kenya Students Community in Russia also weighed in on the matter as they accused the embassy of negligence.

A statement by the students’ association reveals that Abraham’s case was not handled in the best way possible just like the case of two others, all who died this year.

Since his death, family and close friends have been gathering in Utalii Village on Thika Road to mourn his death. The family has found comfort in a clip of him performing in a church choir last year before he left for Russia.

Before he met his untimely death his family had hoped that he would complete his studies and graduate. Their wish now is to give him a good send-off.

The alumnus of Alliance Boys High School, left the country in 2019 after he bagged a sponsorship to study abroad.