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Bio-Ken and Sirikoi Lodge Announce Passing On of Their Founders

by Noel Mutugi

Sanda Ashe, the co-founder and director of Bio-Ken has passed on. Bio-Ken announced her demise yesterday. She is said to have passed on peacefully on 30th January 2018. She is credited to have saved many lives from dangerous effects of venomous snakes. Sanda has been a resident of Watamu since 1980.

A post regarding her death on Bio-Ken Facebook page read, ” It is with a heavy heart that we inform everyone of the passing of Sanda Ashe, co-founder and Director of Bio-Ken. Wife to the late James Ashe, sister to Cara and Stepmother to Robert and Rosemary. Sanda died peacefully in hospital last night after a short illness. Both the Reptile Conservation and Snakebite World have lost a champion in her. She was personally responsible for the saving of many lives and limbs from the horrible effects of venomous snakebite. She was also a true animal person and although did not have any children of her own she will be remembered as “Mama Sanda” because she successfully mothered thousands of little animal orphans during her life. Sanda will be missed by so many, especially in Watamu where she has lived since 1980. Go peacefully Sanda for Mungu has a special place for you. May you Rest In Peace. We will miss you at the Snake Farm, at coffee and in the Duka.

Sanda Ashe, Co-founder and Director, Bio-Ken.

Meanwhile, the same day, Sirikoi Lodge announced that it had lost Willie, the Founder and Owner. The message was relayed by Sue, Richard and Caro. On Sirikoi’s Facebook page, the three said Willie passed on after a short brave stint with cancer.

The message read,” It is with very heavy hearts we share with you a message from Sue, Richard & Caro after the tragic loss of Willie, the founder and owner of Sirikoi Lodge.” The statement continued, “We are so sorry to let you know that our lovely Dad, Husband and Grandpa left on his last safari on Friday the 26th of January after a short but hard fight against cancer. Just as he left us, back home, a pride of lion went roaring through Sirikoi! We are returning to Kenya this week and will soon have a gathering to celebrate his amazing life and character. We will let you all know once we have set a date and place. Thank you so much for the all the amazing messages and support we have received over this last week.”

Willie, Founder and Owner, Sirikoi Lodge.

Our deepest condolences to Bio-Ken and Sirikoi Lodge teams!

About Mwaniki Mutugi (370 Articles)
Noel Mutugi is a graduate of tourism management from Moi University, a tourism, travel & conservation enthusiast and a tour consultant at Kiboko Kenya Safaris (kibokokenyasafaris.com).