2017 has been a dark year for the Kenyan rugby fraternity. They’ve lost three players namely; Jimmy Kilonzo, Andrew Wekesa and Mike Okombe, all victims of murderers.
On Saturday night, Topfry Nakuru RFC player (Wanyore) Mike Okombe aka Chomoka was stabbed to death by his 37-year-old wife MaryAnne Wamboi Mumbi following a disagreement. The two were attending a friend’s birthday party at Olive Inn in Nakuru when Wamboi took a knife and stabbed Okombe on the left side of his chest. He was rushed to hospital but pronounced dead on arrival.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sudden passing on of one of our own, Mike Okombe today.
Kindly keep the family and the entire Nakuru rugby fraternity in your prayers during these trying times,” read a statement on nakuru RFC’s official Facebook Page.
Mike Okombe’s death is a major blow not only to his home club but also to the Kenya 15’s national team. He was a key player in both teams and always played his heart out.
Rugby players and fans led by 7’s team captain Andrew Amonde, have eulogized the late as a talented, hardworking, cheerful, passionate and an inspirational to many. Check out what some had to say about Mike Okombe.
Oscar Ouma: Rest easy Mike Okombe
Mutuku: Sad news. From way back in High school, watching you grow and achieve Much like a small brother … going to great heights in Rugby… and now….. you’re no more… only God knows why..
Rest In Peace Mike Okombe
You made Chomoka proud😞😞
We now know Heaven RFC got a Badass Back-row…
Andrew Amonde: I can’t believe it but God knows better. R.I.P Mike Okombe
Oliver Kizito: Mike Okombe you have been an asset to Kenya Rugby , our best tackler and one of our best enforcers on the rugby field. Rugby will miss you Go well brother till we meet again #talentgonetoosoon
Daniel: You never gave up n kept on pushing us even in the hardest games,I was your biggest fan even as your captain because i trusted you to get jobs done, you were part of the reason I became a Mnyore fan,aw…
Sikuta Dan: I can’t believe comrade but its God’s love until we meet again. REST IN PEACE COMRADE MIKEMike Okombe#No7😢
Anita: Mike Okombe was a close friend of my boyfriend. We’ve lost a talented young man. may justice be granted to the nation& family for such loss
Western Bulls: The Western Bulls are shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of former Bull and Kenya 15s player Mike Okombe. (Second from the right (squatting)). 😞😞 We pray to the almighty for him and to give his family strength during this difficult time.🙏🏽🙏🏽 #RIPMike
Innocent Simiyu: My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mike Okombe. @NakuruRFC We have lost a wonderful soul. May he RIP.
Miheso: My sincere condolences.. Rest in eternal peace, true Simba
Mwamburi: Mike Okombe ‘s death reveals the often overlooked Gender violence on men.
Obari: Mike Okombe you developed into a pillar right from Chomoka RFC as a leader too. We will miss you, RIP.
Afune: The life of boy child is endangered.. It’s high time we called for a forum to address gender based violence against men
Ng’ang’a: Rate at which women are bringing down Men is worrying. You survive hard tackles kwa pitch only to brought down by a woman. Men we need to revisit this! Rip Mike Okombe!
Victor Sudi: Rest in eternal peace Okombe. Humbled to have played in your era. Till we meet again.
Mike Okombe was 27-years-old.
Here are photos of the fallen rugby star