Fare Thee Well, Izaw, Our Dear Comrade

Izaw, our dearly departed comrade

Last week ended on a very sad note for Kimathi comrades. One of our own, Isaac Byron Ochieng passed away on Friday 6th March between 9 – 10 pm. I knew him personally as Izaw. I played football with him in the Eleven Arrows team for more than one year.

I remember straining the calf muscles of one of my legs at an away match in a football pitch near Farmlands one day. I had never experienced such an injury before and I was scared. I was lying on the ground in pain, unable to continue playing when Izaw came up to me and asked what was wrong. When I told him, in a reassuring voice, he replied, “Ah. Ni hapo? Mtu anafanyanga ivi.” He then proceeded to chop my calf with the sides of his palms and after a minute, the pain was gone. I got up and minutes later, I was running all over the pitch. It seemed miraculous at the time.

Such was Izaw’s character: kind and always ready to help. His talent and dedication saw him move to the school football team, where he has been invaluable. It is with shock and sorrow that I learned of his untimely demise.

Izaw’s selfie on the school of Biz side

I then found out that he has been feeling unwell since last year but his visits to the hospital had yielded no answers. Last month, he was admitted to Nairobi Hospital where the cause of his problems for the preceding months was diagnosed as Tuberculosis of the bone marrow. He stayed there until his death. His burial is scheduled to be in Bondo – Siaya County, in about two weeks.

Izaw was a finalist in B. Com. As Kimathi, death has robbed us. We have been most mercilessly robbed of a kind, jovial, dedicated and talented individual. He was a source of inspiration and motivation for the Eleven Arrows team. Even with the odds firmly against us and in the face of almost certain defeat, he would inspire us to give our best, confident that every mountain could be scaled. The loss of such a gem will therefore weigh heavily on all Kimathi comrades who ever interacted with Izaw.

Izaw, the fallen football hero

It is regrettable that we were powerless to stop him from leaving us. However, as Kimathi comrades, we now have the opportunity to show our love and support for one of us. Izaw’s family has been left with the heavy burden of clearing his Nairobi Hospital bill, totaling to more than 9 Million shillings.

Obviously, his family will need every bit of support that they can get from every single Kimathi comrade. I am challenged to do my best by the knowledge that with the kind soul Izaw had, he would have given his best not only for me – an acquaintance – but also for any comrade, simply because he or she was from Kimathi.

In regards to this, Izaw’s friends in Kimathi have come together and appointed an adhoc treasurer, Leah Baroness Nyongesa, to whom we can all send our contributions. Her M-Pesa number is 0718745436. We will need every coin so do not hesitate to send whatever you can. The beauty of comradeship is that the individual amounts we contribute will build up to a large amount whose impact will be felt as we give it to Izaw’s family. This is our chance to show how powerful Kimathi comrades can be when united.

A Pay bill number also exists for the purpose of contribution: Account Number 8001313 and Account Name: YOUR NAME.

May you fare well, Izaw.

Special thanks to Karakacha Mathew Brian, 2019 class of B. Com for providing us with some of the information above.

Feel free to write your tribute for Izaw in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

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  • Chicha says:

    You will forever remain in our hearts, you were my classmate and my football teammate, Rip Izoh

  • Brian Ochieng says:

    To many you were a blessing .We remain in tears shock and disbelief knowing that you are no more .Thank you for each and every one of us you touched
    May we meet again .May your soul rest in peace.

  • Queen says:

    I will miss your company. Your ghetto accent every time we chat. Those moments we ate in boma and drunk tea during mess after you games practice… None of us would think of this day. Hard to believe hard to imagine… Fare well Izaw

  • Nick Mwangi says:

    RIP Bro. ✋

  • Jonah says:

    No words can describe my sorrow bro none the pain is too much rest brother cherish you for all time

  • Sabul says:

    RIP comrade izak .shine on your way brother

  • Kara_Matt says:

    Its sad that you left this soon,
    I know grass is greener on the other side,
    Till we meet again,
    Rest bro,
    Rest in peace.

  • Shadowrine says:

    Them that we have enjoyed being together ,
    Hardly get forgotten,
    Or remembered as distant memories,
    Become part of us,
    Izaw, youre part of Kimathi,
    Everyday, till we meet again.
    Rest in eternal peace.

  • Proff says:

    Rip our brother.. I am very sure we shall definitely meet each other again.. Stay safe bro

  • Baroness Leah says:

    A friend of a friend who became a friend.
    I was saddened by the news that you are in ICU and on the same night that I asked about the visiting hours,I received a text that you are no more.
    I couldn’t believe but now I do.We prayed for you to get better and God healed you , He just didn’t do it in the way we wanted but in the best way He could.We shall meet on the other side Izaw and I hope you’ll smile as you used to, I hope you’ll say “Baroness wachanga hizo” as you used to say when you feel I’m pressuring you.
    Rest easy Isaac.

  • Omulo says:

    It’s so sad you’re gone. The time we shared together since I join 2017 we’ll remain a memory. My heart is still bleeding, you were a brother a friend. My your soul rest in eternal peace

  • Yvon says:

    The countless knocks on my door to check up on me when the semester’s temperature had rose. Your selfless heart, your ‘hakuna matata’ lifestyle, your ever ready shoulder to lean on…the list is endless…I mean you painted our hearts with love, for those who interacted with you…Rest with the angels Izaw

  • Like!! Great article post.Really thank you! Really Cool.

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