Mary Auma, the mother of former Harambee Stars captain Dennis Oliech has added her voice to recent reports that his son is broke.
Over a fortnight ago, Oliech’s financial status was the subject of discussion after a photo of a ‘frail looking and unkempt’ former Al-Arabi striker appeared on social media, leaving a section of Kenyans to conclude that Oliech had squandered his football earnings.
But the football star’s mother has jumped to his defence and bashed Kenyans for the malicious claims.
“It is very unfortunate Kenyans are accusing my son of being broke and living a pathetic life, yet he is the one who at one point raised the Kenyan flag high when his goal helped Stars to qualify for their last Africa Cup of Nations event in 2004,” Auma was quoted by The People Daily.
Mama Oliech, as she is popularly known, further explained that Oliech has always been there for his family and that he spent a fortune for her cancer treatment.
“He has helped us whenever he can when it comes to family projects. However, all his siblings are stable and have families and jobs of their own.
“When I was battling Lymphoma Cancer, he played a big role in making sure I got well. He found a doctor in France who treated me from 2013 to 2016. Kenyan doctors had failed to treat me of my disease and that is why Oliech decided to fly me to France for specialised treatment at one of the best medical centres in Paris.
”He spent huge amounts of money. Now I am well, I just attend physiotherapy. Also, he supported me to open a second branch of Mama Oliech and a pub at Dagoretti Centre,” Mama Oliech said.