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“Death Has Robbed Us Of An Astute Legislator,” Leaders Mourn Ken Okoth

Ken Okoth at Mbahathi High School | Courtesy

Condolences from Kenyans from all walks of life continue to trickle in following the death of Kibra Member of Parliament Ken Okoth.

The legislator succumbed to colorectal cancer on Friday evening at Nairobi Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga led the nation in mourning the legislator.

A statement from State House described Okoth as an astute member of Parliament.

“It is with a heavy heart that I have this afternoon received the sad news of the death of Kibra MP Hon.Ken Okoth. Death has robbed us of an astute legislator. May God comfort his family, friends & indeed all Kenyans during this difficult period of mourning,” President Kenyatta said.

Read: Kibra MP Ken Okoth Passes On At Nairobi Hospital

DP Ruto described Okoth as an enthusiastic, energetic, distinguished and public-spirited leader, who served his constituents with dedication and selflessness.

On his part, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga, admired the braveness with which Okoth battled cancer at the same time serving his constituents.

According to Makueni Senator Mutula Kilozo Junior, Okoth was not a conformist or an apologist, he was a wise man who tackled challenges with courage.

Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o said Okoth’s battle with cancer has been a real encouragement to people living with cancer.

In a statement, Baringo Senator Gideon Moi admired Okoth’s zeal to serve his people despite battling cancer at hospital.

“Despite the burden of fighting cancer, Ken remained focused working for the people he represented. This fidelity to servant leadership made him stand tall among his peers in the National Assembly. On behalf of myself and family, I join his family, people of Kibra and the country in mourning the loss,” he said.

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Okoth was elected as Kibra MP in March 2013. He was re-elected for a second term in the 2017 general elections, a position he held until his death.

The Starehe Boys Allumini leaves behind a legacy at Mbagathi High School. The state of art school was built from scratch using Constituency Development Funds (CDF) from Kibra in 2018.

The MP, who died aged 41 years, will also be remembered for proposing the discrimination of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

He is survived by a wife and children.

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Written by Wycliffe Nyamasege


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