The Member of Parliament (MP) for Kibra in Nairobi County Ken Okoth has passed away. Okoth was 41 and he was serving his second term as MP.
The Kibra MP was admitted to Nairobi hospital last night after his condition worsened. Okoth has been battling colorectal cancer and was in France was 5 months to receive treatment for his ailment.
The MP made his first public appearance 10 days ago where he attended the Kibra Music Fest at Moi Girls School, Nairobi which is in his constituency.
Okoth put a great fight against cancer and shared his journey with the treatment. He received a lot of support from Kenyans from all walks of life. Cancer, is one of the major non-communicable diseases in Kenya and ranks third as a cause of death after infectious diseases and cardiovascular diseases. It is estimated that there are 40,000 new cases annually and approximately 28,000 cancer related deaths every year. More than 70% of cancer cases are diagnosed at late stage when treatment outcomes are poor and palliative care is usually the only management amenable.
Ken Okoth will be remembered for his various achievements in his constituency. They include the construction of the Mbagathi Girls High School which was officially opened in February 16.
Kenyans on Twitter have eulogized the legislator and here are some of them.
Ken Okoth was one of the absolute good ones 💔
— #WeAre52pc (@KenneMwikya) July 26, 2019
Ken Okoth……. Salute!!!! Go well my friend.
— Lindah Oguttu aka Mtu ya mjengo (@lindahoguttu) July 26, 2019
Yes, none of us will make it out of this gig alive. But sometimes, they take them far too soon. Hon. Ken Okoth was one of the good ones, leaving a legacy far beyond his time on earth and period in leadership. Hamba kahle, mhesh. May we accomplish a fraction of what you managed.
— Wallace Kantai (@wgkantai) July 26, 2019
Sad about Ken Okoth 💔. He was a good MP and person.
— B (@B_WTB) July 26, 2019
You fought a great battle sir. We'll surely miss you. RIP Hon Ken Okoth.😪 pic.twitter.com/dCu1c5hUvQ
— M.N (@_mainanjoki) July 26, 2019
— Mac Otani 🇰🇪 (@MacOtani) July 26, 2019
Ken Okoth dies at Nairobi Hospital, RIP Legend pic.twitter.com/KmcA9EdUov
— abandoned kid (@orina_vinny) July 26, 2019
Ken okoth was one of my favourite politicians he advocated for good governance education and etc your legacy will leave on rest in peace jatelo pic.twitter.com/qMsEwop8jP
— ABELEZ (@victor_were_) July 26, 2019
It is in deep sorrow that we have lost a man of the people, ambitious icon and a great leader. His vision was to transform Kibra into a development hub. Rest in Peace Kibra MP Ken Okoth. #RIPKenOkoth. pic.twitter.com/7G2eQ8s9dK
— Insider Kenya (@The_InsiderKe) July 26, 2019
Starehe Boys’ Center will be celebrating its 60th Founders Day tomorrow and we just lost one of us. Such a sad day. RIP Ken Okoth…… it is well pic.twitter.com/v4lZUBqNOp
— Ja Loka (@_fels1) July 26, 2019
We have lost Ken Okoth to cancer, we have lost one of the noble leaders of our generation, one who was committed to serving the people. Go well Ratego, go in peace pic.twitter.com/K7lnA0xtmV
— Byron Oduor Otieno (@byron_jez) July 26, 2019