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.
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.
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