An elderly Kenyan couple who were married for 76 years have reportedly died 6 hours apart.
Maritim Biwott Arap Tuwei and his wife Ruth Maritim who are from Kapseret constituency, reportedly got married traditionally in 1946. Tuwei died at the age of 107, while Maritim was aged 100.
Interestingly, the two had made a vow and even informed their children that they would both ‘sleep’ when their time to die comes, and no one will be left behind.
Tuko reported that as their time came on Friday, July 23, Ruth passed on around 9pm followed by Tuwei at 2am.
David Maritim, the fifth son of the couple, who also doubles as the family chairperson told the publication that their parents died as they had wished while still alive.
He narrated emotionally how their mother requested to be accompanied outside at night before dying.
The family chairperson also revealed that his father woke up three times in the night to answer the call of nature and at 2am after going back to the house, he slept, never to wake up again.
Bishop William Maritim, one of the sons also recounted how their father one week ago, made a passionate appeal to his children to come home so that he can talk with them. This however did not materialise.
Bishop William said;
The cleric also revealed that attempts to dissuade his parents against the thought of dying together were met with resistance.
The two love birds will be laid to rest on Wednesday, August 4, at their Megun home.