A Third Year student at Multimedia University of Kenya (MMU) died on January 1, plunging the university fraternity, friends and relatives into mourning as the rest of the world ushered in the New Year.
Benjamin Mkapa Chacha, who was pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Animation, succumbed to acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis – a sudden inflammation of the pancreas, leading to the death of pancreatic tissue and the formation of lesions, causing extensive bleeding.
Chacha passed on at their home in Langas in Eldoret on January 1 at 1pm after proceeding to a hospital, which he found was closed. His elder brother bought him drugs to relieve pain and minimize complications, but before he could take the drugs, he passed on.
Speaking to Citizen Digital’s eDaily, Multimedia University of Kenya Students Association (MUKSA) Deputy President Nelson Tum said the late Chacha was popular among his colleagues in the institution.
“Benjamin was a very social person. The number of guys he influenced in the university is very huge. Just to know how influential he was, two WhatsApp groups were formed within minutes after learning about his death and the two groups were filled. He was commanding a huge following. He had ambitions of vying for Entertainment Secretary in the MMU Students Governing Council (SGC),” said Mr Tum.
“He was an extremely gifted dancer, and you know how these guys command such a huge following. To top on that, he won a lot of accolades for MMU Drama and Arts Club. His death is such a big loss to the MMU fraternity and Kenya as a whole.
“For one to pursue Film and Animation, he or she must be talented in more than one area. Chacha was very talented in stage plays; he was the future of Kenyan drama and plays. The acting industry in Kenya has really suffered a huge blow following his demise,” added Mr Tum.
Chacha’s burial will take place on Friday, January 6 at their rural home in Isebania, Migori County.
Fundraising is slated for today (Wednesday, January 4) at 4pm at Konambaya area in Mwanzo estate in Langas, Eldoret.
“On January 13, we will hold a vigil in Multimedia University main campus in Mbagathi in memory of Chacha. The university will open on Friday, January 6, so it won’t be possible to hold a vigil on the same day as we would have traveled to Chacha’s rural home.”
Chacha battled hemorrhagic pancreatitis for a while, but worsened after December 25, 2016.
Chacha’s younger sister Eunice Chacha describes him as an advisor, who was responsible and took care of the family, given their dad wasn’t around through their childhood and development.