Wife of former Kibra MP Ken Okoth votes at Old Kibera Primary

The widow of former Kibra MP Ken Okoth has voted in the ongoing by-election at the Old Kibera Primary polling station. Monica Okoth hit national headlines over a paternity row involving the late legislator’s family.
She disputed DNA results confirming that Nairobi MCA Anne Thumbi’s son was Ken Okoth’s.
Monica claimed to have different results.

It would later emerge that indeed Anne Thumbi’s son was Ken Okoth’s thus Monica Okoth agreed to share the late Kibra MP’s property with the four-year-old son. Kibra votes Kibra residents are today voting in a showdown pitting the ‘handshake’ team against Deputy President William Ruto’s team Tangatanga.
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The ‘handshake’ team comprises politicians brought together following a unity pact between Raila and President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2018.

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Voting is underway in Kibra Constituency.
ODM – a subscriber of the handshake – has fielded Bernard Imran Okoth while Ruto’s Jubilee has ex-football sensation McDonald Mariga.

The two are touted as the front runners based on the spirited campaigns that they have staged in the chase for the votes.
Kibra constituency has five wards: Makina, Laini Saba, Sarang’ombe, Woodley/Kenyatta Golf Course and Lindi with 118,658 votes.
Earlier on a commotion ensued at a polling station in Mashimoni Squatters after votes roughed up a man they accused of trying to bribe them.
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Ken Okoth’s family to conduct a prayer service at his maternal home

The family of the late Kibra MP Ken Okoth will not conduct any Luo traditional rituals as earlier proposed by a section of elders.

Instead, the family will conduct a prayer service at Okoth’s maternal home at Ogenga village in Kabondo Kasipul, Homa Bay County, at a date to be announced soon.

This was revealed when National Assembly Minority Leader John Mbadi and Kabondo Kasipul MP Eve Obara visited Okoth’s mother, Anjeline Ajwang’, on Monday to condole with her family.

The two leaders held a closed-door meeting with other family members who agreed to reconcile after earlier differences on how the body of their brother would be disposed.

Some family members were for burial of the body while others were for cremation. Mbadi announced that the family has resolved the differences.

“Whatever happened is now water under the bridge. The family is now focused on the way forward,” Mr Mbadi said.

A distraught Ms Ajwang’ – who was not willing to speak to journalists – only confirmed that there will be a memorial prayer.

He spoke as the bona fide Luo Council of Elders chairman Ker Willis Otondi denounced some proposals by members of a splinter group headed by Nyandiko Ongadi terming them “archaic”.

Mr Ongadi had proposed that the family conducts certain rituals plus inheriting his wife Monica.

On Sunday, Mr Otondi lashed out at Mr Ongadi accusing him of advancing outdated cultural beliefs thus embarrassing the Luo community.

“Initially the Luo used to remove six lower teeth, which is now a thing of the past. The same should apply to certain ancient beliefs like those fronted by Ongadi,” Mr Otondi said.

There were speculations that Okoth’s family would bury a banana trunk to symbolise a body since he was cremated, but it is now official that this will not take place.

Mr Mbadi said he was appointed by National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi to spearhead the send-off ceremony.

“We had made plans including hiring a chopper at Sh590,000 to take the body of the MP to Got Rateng’ in Kabondo Kasipul. But because the family had different opinions about the send-off style, we had to do according to their wish,” he said.

by nation.co.ke, Justus Ochieng’

How Ken Okoth spent his final days seeking cancer treatment

“How long do I have to live?” Those were the words the late Kibra MP Ken Okoth asked his doctors when he learnt about his Stage 4 Cancer in October 2017.

Okoth was first taken ill in 2016 while he was in Mombasa and diagnosed with gastrointestinal infections.

A year later, he learnt that he had been misdiagnosed after the doctors at Aga Khan Hospital found out he had Stage 4 Colorectal Cancer.

Kamukunji MP Yusuf Hassan Abdi made these revelations during the late politician’s Memorial Service held at Moi Girls High School, Nairobi on Thursday.

When he learnt that he had Cancer in October 2017 Okoth only shared the information with Imran Okoth and they decided to keep the information secret from the rest of the family members until they had a way of dealing with it.

TREATMENT

“We agreed we would not share the information with anyone, until we knew the way forward,” Imran said.

His mother, Angeline Ajwang, only knew about Okoth’s condition three months later when the MP was already abroad receiving treatment.

Okoth informed his childhood friend, who lived in the US, and the friend immediately organized for an air ticket from his pocket.

The MP flew out of the country beginning of November 2017.

The treatment in the US was very expensive and he had to look for a more affordable alternative. Okoth eventually settled for France.

OKOTH’S HEALTH

When he came back in January, his friends noticed he had greatly changed.

Its at this point that he shared with his many friends through a Facebook group he created on his health and the progress.

Okoth first came open about his illness in March 2019 when he shared details of his battle with cancer as he was undergoing treatment.

“Napambana na hali yangu kabisa. Chemo drugs are brutal on the skin and immunity system,” he captioned a photo while responding to a Twitter user who had enquired about his health.

In an interview early this year, Okoth said the cancer was discovered at a very advanced stage and cannot be cured, just managed.

By Amina Wako, nairobinews

We were best friends, there nothing we haven’t forgiven about each other: Ken Okoth’s wife

When the late Kibra MP Ken Okoth had trouble getting the nomination certificate for the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) in the run up for 2017 elections, Mr Peter Kenneth reserved a ticket for him in his Kenya National Congress party, just in case.

In his recollection of memorable times they shared with Mr Okoth, Mr Kenneth narrated to congregants during a memorial at Starehe Boys Centre on Wednesday, how   Mr Okoth had approached him, seeking advise on how to deal with his political dilemma.

This was after the ODM leader Raila Odinga’s daughter, Ms Rosemary, announced her intentions to run against him.

“Ken was struggling with party nominations and I reserved a ticket for him, just in case he missed the ODM one which he finally got,” said the former Gatanga MP at the ceremony, organised by the Starehe fraternity to celebrate the legislator, who was an old boy at the school.

Mr Okoth succumbed to colorectal cancer on Friday last week.

It was graced by family members including Mr Okoth’s widow Monica, mother Anjeline and three brothers; students and alumni who turned up in their hundreds, led by Cabinet Secretary Raphael Tuju.

Vice Chair Parliamentary Service Commission Naomi Shaban represented the National Assembly.

Mr Okoth’s widow narrated: “We were best friends. Ken was ill in the last two years and it was sad to watch him suffer. Thank you all for your support and love you gave us.”

“There is nothing we didn’t know about each other there nothing we haven’t forgiven about each other,” she added.

The event was characterised by more laughter than tears as congregants chose to relive and celebrate their good memories of the MP.

Childhood friends reminisced how a poor boy from the slums moulded his life through sheer hard work.

Mr Canute Waswa, who referred to the MP as Odhis, recalled how they had made 759 calls to Starehe Boys Centre alumni, asking them to fund the broke Okoth’s dream to become an MP, and they responded positively.

“Being a campaign manager of a poor aspirant was such a struggle,” said Mr Waswa, causing laughter.

“But when he won and bought his first big car, he called me and said “Do you know how reggae music sounds in a big machine?” he recalled.

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The late Kibra MP Ken Okoth’s memorial service was held at the Starehe Boys Centre on July 31, 2019. PHOTO | ANITA CHEPKOECH | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Bondo MP Gideon Ochanda said Mr Okoth relinquished his position as Parliamentary committee chairman a year ago when he was overwhelmed by the hefty medical procedures.

What a journey! That is the name of a WhatsApp group started by Okoth’s friends across the world upon his demise.

“It has been outpouring with grief that captures the magnitude of his achievements and desire to make positive change in the people of Kibera,” said Mr Kenneth.

Diana Gichengo, a representative of the civil society, recalled how passionate the legislator was in pushing for the people of Kibra to be regarded highly.

“He was an astute, accessible, responsive leader, and when the ticks in his WhatsApp page failed to turn blue, we knew his strength was failing,” said Ms Gichengo.

Hundreds of people of all walks of life; educationists, human rights activists and legislators, all hailed Mr Okoth as a multi-talented leader who played his role well in these sectors.

By Anita nation.co.ke,

 

PHOTOS-Personalities cancer has snatched away

Ken Okoth — Kibra MP. Died on July 26

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The 41-year-old second-term MP for Kibra Constituency had sought treatment in France for colorectal cancer for five months before returning to the country about a month ago.

Bob Collymore — Safaricom CEO. Died on July 1

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Fallen Titan, Bob Collymore. PHOTO | COURTESY

The Guyanese-born British businessman was the second chief executive officer at the giant telecommunications company, taking over from Michael Joseph in 2010. He died of Acute Myeloid Leukemia at his Kitisuru home following an extensive stay at a United Kingdom hospital from October 2017 to July 2018.

Wangari Maathai — Nobel laureate, former MP, Cabinet minister and founder, Greenbelt Movement. Died on September 25, 2011

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Prof Maathai was born in 1940 and educated at the University of Nairobi as well as Mount St. Scholastica and the University of Pittsburgh in the US. She was an environmental activist and the first African woman to win the Nobel Prize. She died at the Nairobi Hospital while receiving treatment for ovarian cancer.

Nderitu Gachagua – Governor, Nyeri and former MP. Died February 25, 2017

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He was the first governor of Nyeri County, following the 2013 General Election. He died at Royal Marsden Hospital in London while undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer.

Nicholas Biwott — Former Cabinet minister and founder of NVP party. Died on July 11, 2017

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He was a businessman and politician. He served as a civil servant, MP and Cabinet minister during which time he held eight senior ministerial positions under the presidency of Daniel arap Moi. He had been battling throat cancer when he collapsed at his home and was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Francis Mwiraria — Former Finance minister. Died on April 13, 2017

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The once powerful minister was also the first student to graduate with a master’s degree at the University of Nairobi. He was to face corruption charges alongside 13 others for their alleged role in the multi-billion-shilling Anglo Leasing scandal, but he never appeared in court due to ill health. He died of bone cancer at the Karen Hospital.

Francis Nyenze — Former Cabinet minister and MP. Died on December 6, 2017

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The former minister served as MP for Kitui West Constituency from 1997 to 2002 where he doubled up as the Minister for Environment and was later moved to the Ministry of Heritage and Sports. He served as an MP again from 2013 until 2017. He died at the Nairobi Hospital while undergoing treatment for colon cancer.

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The US-based scholar was the only Kenyan to be listed in the inaugural list of “2017 Most Reputable People on Earth.” He began his career as a science teacher in Mombasa between 1974 and 1978 before becoming the first science and environment journalist for Daily Nation between 1978 and 1979. He died of cancer while undergoing treatment in Boston, Massachusetts.

Grace Kipchoim— Baringo South MP. Died on April 20, 2018

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Janet Kanini — TV personality. Died on April 1, 2017

The MP was serving her second term in office when she died of colon cancer at the Nairobi Hospital. She was re-elected for a second term without having campaigned.

Janet Kanini — TV personality. Died on April 1, 2017

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The former NTV news anchor was open about her illness after she was diagnosed with lung cancer, the disease that killed her father a few years earlier. She would post about her treatment in India on her Facebook page regularly and she came back home after she went into remission about a year before her death at 39 years of age.

Compiled by Agewa Magut, nation.co.ke

PHOTOS- See Kenyan friends who visited Ken Okoth in Paris when hospitalized

A number of Kenyans took time to visit the late Ken Okoth when he was being treated in France. Ken always looked happy to see a familiar face away from home.

Below are photos of Kenyan friends who travelled to Paris.

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Kibra MP Ken Okoth when Mr Lusaka paid them a visit. PHOTO| COURTESY

In late May, Nairobi Women Representative Esther Pasaris also paid a visit to the cancer warrior Ken Okoth in France where the  MP is undergoing treatment.

In the photos that Passaris shared on her Twitter page, Mr Okoth is all smiles together with his wife Monica. He looks stronger and better compared to his previous photos.

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Kibera MP Ken Okoth, wife Monica when Nairobi Women Rep Esther Passaris paid a visit. PHOTO CREDIT|TWITTER Esther Passaris Twitter page

Westlands MP Timothy Wanyonyi Wetangula also paid a visit to Ken Okoth in Paris, France.

Mr Wanyonyi posted a photo of the two all smiley and captioned it:

Sometimes we simply need to be there for others. Not to fix anything in particular, but to let them feel cared for and supported. Glad to have brought you some #Kenyan warmth. By the grace of God you, @okothkenneth, will be back home soon.

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Westlands MP Timothy Wanyonyi visiting Kibera MP Ken Okoth

The other time Ken Okoth made a public appearance was  at the start of April. He made a public appearance at the sidelines of UNESCO Executive Board meeting at Paris in France.

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Kibra MP Ken Okoth, Education PS Belio Kipsang and Amb Phyllis Kandie, Kenya’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO

He took photos with education PS Dr Belio Kipsang and former Labour CS and the current permanent representative to UNESCO Amb Phylis Kandie.

Okoth had been open about his struggles with the disease, posting photos of his progress as well as how brutal cancer is. In an interview with Standard newspaper in February, Okoth said he was diagnosed with stage four colorectal cancer with metastases to the liver. Colorectal cancer is when cancer develops from both the colon and rectum.

Late Diagnosis

The cancer was picked late, so it cannot be cured, just managed. Okoth said the diagnosis was hard to come by and was for more than a year being treated for ulcers, sometimes bacteria infection and was even put on medicine to manage stress. He was all along experiencing abdominal pains as well as weight loss.

He is now on a long-term treatment and since the cancer was detected in advanced stage, he said the doctor told him he will take medication for the rest of his life, a tablet a day.

He also said getting advanced treatment for cancer in Kenya is not easy and had to seek treatment abroad which is expensive.

“I was given two options where he could seek advanced care for his liver: the US or Europe. I settled for Europe.I could not afford the US because it was too expensive. My wife is from Europe, where the cost is more affordable and I could get a residence permit quickly for the duration of the treatment. Sadly, not everyone is as lucky; we need to make cancer care in Kenya a national priority,” he told The Standard.

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Ken Okoth greeting Judy Wakhungu

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Kamukunji MP Yusuf Hassan paid a visit to Kibra MP Ken Okoth in Paris where he is receiving treatment. PHOTO CREDIT|TWITTER Yusuf Hassan page

Okoth before his death: No life support for me

As he battled cancer, the Kibra MP said he should not be placed on machines should his health worsen

The immediate former Kibra MP Ken Okoth had made it clear to his doctors, family and close friends that he did not wish to be placed on life support in the event that his condition deteriorated.

But according to close friends, doctors decided to put him on life support after multiple organ failure on Thursday night.

Come yesterday afternoon, the doctors were forced to switch off the machine.

A day before his death, the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC), under the chairmanship of National Assembly Justin Muturi, had met at County Hall, which houses their secretariat, to discuss his condition and the skyrocketing medical bill.

But little did the commission know that the second term Kibra MP was fast losing the battle and had only a few hours to live.

Mr Okoth succumbed to colorectal cancer at 4pm at the Nairobi Hospital where he had been rushed to after his condition worsened.

He was taken to the hospital at around 5pm on Thursday and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Addressing the media, his brother Imran Okoth said the MP’s condition deteriorated at 8pm on Thursday forcing doctors to place him on the life support machine against his wishes.

“We want to inform the nation, the people of Kibra, that the leader they trust, a servant leader, Honourable Ken Okoth, is no more. He passed on a while ago,” Mr Imran said.

The legislator had just recently returned to the country from Paris, France, where he had spent months battling the disease, Mr Imran added.

He said the MP had been on-and-off medication and despite remaining optimistic that he would regain his health, he did not make it.

“The body has been transferred to the Lee Funeral Home and we want to request the nation and the general public to let the family retreat and make few arrangements here and there, so we will need some privacy,” he said.

The news threw Kibra constituency into mourning with a handful of his supporters thronging the hospital to mourn their departed leader.

“He has left a big gap in Kibra,” said Mr Ali Noor Ibrahim, a resident. According to the family, funeral arrangements will start on Saturday.

Mr Muturi said although Mr Okoth had exhausted his medical cover, Parliament was ready to pool resources to ensure he got the required medication.

But as fate would have it, he would not manage to live another day. Yesterday, a distraught Mr Muturi said it was shocking and saddening to lose “such a young, vibrant and eloquent leader and debater at a time Parliament needed him most.”

According to the Speaker, Mr Okoth distinguished himself as an unwavering defender of human rights.

“He was a very amiable and friendly young man, who never picked quarrels with anyone, including his colleagues inside or outside Parliament. He discharged his duties with precision and professionalism.”

Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka described Mr Okoth as a focused MP.

“I met him in Paris, France, and despite his condition, he looked forward to coming back to serve his people. His work in a few years at the helm of the constituency cannot go unnoticed. The poor in Kibra, especially the students, have seen his efforts. It’s a big loss for them,” Mr Lusaka said.

National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale said his demise is a great loss to Parliament.

“He was a committed leader who knew his responsibilities in the House, committees, his constituency, church and the political rallies. We have lost a great mind that this country really needed, especially in the education sector, going by what he has done in his backyard,” Mr Duale said.

According to Minority leader John Mbadi, Mr Okoth never let down his people. “He served his party and the Kibra people with humility and dedication. He was averse to drama and was always in the chamber to push a selfless agenda,” Mr Mbadi said.

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja, who was among the last people to appear in public with the late MP, said his demise is a big loss not only to his family and friends, but the country.

Mr Sakaja, who is the chairman of the Kenya Young Parliamentarians Association (KYPA), said the late Okoth served as KYPA’s first treasurer.

“The executive committee of KYPA regrets with profound grief the passing on of its beloved member and an outstanding son of the people of Kenya. He was a magnificent orator, with an admirable fighting and enduring spirit,” Mr Sakaja said.

MPs Kimani Ichung’wah (Kikuyu), Junet Mohamed (Suna East), Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay Woman Representative), Simba Arati (Dagoretti North), Godfrey Osotsi (nominated) and Naisula Lesuuda (Samburu West) equally paid a glowing tribute to their fallen colleague.

Mr Ichung’wah described him as an exceptional leader out to serve his people with energy and dedication. dedicated manner to change the lives of his people. He was an eloquent legislator in the House,” Mr Ichung’wah said.

Mr Mohamed described him as a great leader, who did very well inside and outside Parliament.

“He was the initiator of the parliamentary caucus Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” Mr Mohamed said.

Ms Wanga added: “He was a brilliant young man committed to fault to his work. A great friend indeed.”

By David Were, nation.co.ke

Kibra MP’s last words: Let me go

When he made his first public appearance at the Kibra Arts Festival in Nairobi barely two weeks ago after returning from France where he was receiving treatment, Ken Okoth projected the image of a man whose spirit remained unbowed by the disease that had ravaged his body; leaving him frail but jolly.

He told the gathering being in France for treatment made him homesick.

“I had promised bursaries and I ensured they were awarded even in my absence. Did you get them?” he posed, attracting applause from his constituents who acknowledged receipt.

Later on the side, he assured some of his constituents who were worried about his frail body that it is nothing ‘a bowl of fish soup’ cannot bring back.

Many Kibra residents say his passion for education and zeal to lift young people is what got him elected MP for two terms.

“He was one of us. He knew what it was to sleep hungry and to dream of a better life where you did not have to pee on yourself because going out at night to look for a toilet could get you killed…” wrote Silvia Donde on her social media platform, eulogising Okoth as a hero.

Okoth was born and raised in Kibra’s Kisumu Dogo area. He often regaled the Press with tales of a difficult childhood; of the tears he shed on many days at Olympics Primary School when his mother could not afford to raise his fee.

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Members of the public mourn the late MP Ken Okoth at Lee Funeral home in Nairobi, yesterday. [Edward Kiplimo, Standard]

Integrity and accountability

“I loved books. I hated that poverty was blocking me from books. I hated how being poor demeans you,” he said in a media interview in 2012.Still, he shone.

It is reported that he scored 613 marks out of the possible 700 in KCPE and got an admission to Starehe Boys Center and later proceeded to St Lawrence University, USA where he studied German and European Studies.

He got his masters in International Relations at Georgetown University.

Tributes spoke of his integrity and accountability. His “Elimu Kwanza” initiative was his greatest passion. He wanted schools built, and for people to fill libraries with books, so that needy children do not have to beg for education.

He oversaw the building of the ultra modern Mbagathi Girls School in Kibra.

“We have built the hardware, we need the software, we need your support to mentor these girls, we need desks, computers and lab equipment,” he said during the launch.

He never wavered from his call for people to step up to their alumni and give back.He imposed the message of unity in a constituency that has never shied from showing displeasure through stone and blood.

“Young people. Let the one who feels he can lead go to the ballot and fight there. Mothers, do we want our sons to die for politics?” he said during a campaign rally.

When he first revealed that he had cancer last year, he admitted that he was scared of the prognosis. Things were not looking good, as the disease had reached stage four, but he was determined to fight it – with every breath inside him.

“The fear of the unknown that accompanies a cancer diagnosis is immense. Cancer changes your life completely,” he said.

One of his close friends says when the chemo side effects hit, robbing him of the ability to walk, he bore it bravely.“He did not complain, but he often talked of missing home,” he says.

When he returned, he made an appearance that gave his constituents hope. He assured them that he was getting better, and perhaps to prove it, he broke into song and dance. His speech had the same theme he had maintained since he was elected.“Let us work together….”

He kept off controversy, but there were moments when he talked of things that made people uncomfortable.

Like when he staged a campaign to legalise marijuana.“Medical cannabis and cannabis oils are documented for being effective in pain relief and non-addictive treatment of certain symptoms and side effects. We need to empower doctors to safely prescribe medical cannabis in Kenya,” he said in an interview that many thought was his way of letting the world know that he was in great pain.

Many say it takes wisdom, courage, compassion and gall to look back at where you came from and use your past to change lives. Okoth had plenty of those.

He often said he has become who he was because of his painful past.“As long as I am alive, I would not sleep peacefully if I know someone is suffering and I could help…” he said in 2013, a few weeks after he had been voted MP.

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Photos: Passaris visits cancer warrior and Kibera MP Ken Okoth in Paris

Nairobi Women Representative Esther Pasaris is the latest friend from Kenya to visit cancer warrior Ken Okoth in France where the  MP is undergoing treatment.

In the photos that Passaris shared on her Twitter page, Mr Okoth is all smiles together with his wife Monica. He looks stronger and better compared to his previous photos.

She said: Greetings from Hon. and his lovely wife Monica. Thank you Mheshimiwa for making time for my visit today. I know you can’t wait to return and get back in the saddle. We are all praying and rooting for you!

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Kibera MP Ken Okoth(Middle), wife Monica when Nairobi Women Rep Esther Passaris paid them visit.PHOTO CREDIT|TWITTER Esther Passaris Twitter page

The Kibera MP is being treated for Colorectal cancer in Paris and a number of Kenyans have been visiting him.

Westlands MP Timothy Wanyonyi Wetangula also paid a visit to Ken Okoth in Paris, France.

Mr Wanyonyi posted a photo of the two all smiley and captioned it:

Sometimes we simply need to be there for others. Not to fix anything in particular, but to let them feel cared for and supported. Glad to have brought you some warmth. By the grace of God you, , will be back home soon.

In the photo, Ken Okoth was seen soldiering on, putting on a brave face even as he looked more frail than the previous photos he had posted. He had also shed some hair.

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Westlands MP Timothy Wanyonyi visiting Kibera MP Ken Okoth: PHOTO CREDIT|TWITTER Tim Wanyonyi page

Ken Okoth was grateful for the visit, saying he had been feeling homesick and the visit by Mr Wanyonyi cheered up his weekend.

“Thank you my big brother and mentor for dedicating this Easter weekend to cheer me up and keep me company. Was feeling homesick. You brought a sense of home to me with your visit. God bless,” he said on Twitter.

The other time Ken Okoth made a public appearance was  at the start of April. He made a public appearance at the sidelines of UNESCO Executive Board meeting at Paris in France.

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Kibra MP Ken Okoth, Education PS Belio Kipsang and Amb Phyllis Kandie, Kenya’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO

He took photos with education PS Dr Belio Kipsang and former Labour CS and the current permanent representative to UNESCO Amb Phylis Kandie.

Okoth has been open about his struggles with the disease, posting photos of his progress as well as how brutal cancer is. In an interview with Standard newspaper in February, Okoth said he was diagnosed with stage four colorectal cancer with metastases to the liver. Colorectal cancer is when cancer develops from both the colon and rectum.

Late Diagnosis

The cancer was picked late, so it cannot be cured, just managed. Okoth said the diagnosis was hard to come by and was for more than a year being treated for ulcers, sometimes bacteria infection and was even put on medicine to manage stress. He was all along experiencing abdominal pains as well as weight loss.

He is now on a long-term treatment and since the cancer was detected in advanced stage, he said the doctor told him he will take medication for the rest of his life, a tablet a day.

He also said getting advanced treatment for cancer in Kenya is not easy and had to seek treatment abroad which is expensive.

“I was given two options where he could seek advanced care for his liver: the US or Europe. I settled for Europe.I could not afford the US because it was too expensive. My wife is from Europe, where the cost is more affordable and I could get a residence permit quickly for the duration of the treatment. Sadly, not everyone is as lucky; we need to make cancer care in Kenya a national priority,” he told The Standard.

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Kamukunji MP Yusuf Hassan paid a visit to Kibra MP Ken Okoth in Paris where he is receiving treatment. PHOTO CREDIT|TWITTER Yusuf Hassan page

 

PHOTOS: Westlands MP is the latest friend from Kenya to visit cancer warrior Ken Okoth

Westlands MP Timothy Wanyonyi Wetangula is the latest Kenyan to pay a visit to Kibera MP and colon cancer warrior Ken Okoth in Paris, France.

Mr Wanyonyi posted a photo of the two all smiley and captioned it:

Sometimes we simply need to be there for others. Not to fix anything in particular, but to let them feel cared for and supported. Glad to have brought you some warmth. By the grace of God you, , will be back home soon.

In the photo, Ken Okoth is soldiering on, putting on a brave face even as he looks more frail than the previous photos he has posted and has shed some hair.

Ken Okoth was grateful for the visit, saying he had been feeling homesick and the visit by Mr Wanyonyi cheered up his weekend

Thank you my big brother and mentor for dedicating this Easter weekend to cheer me up and keep me company. Was feeling homesick. You brought a sense of home to me with your visit. God bless.

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The last time Ken Okoth photos with Kenyans visiting him was at the start of April. He made a public appearance at the sidelines of UNESCO Executive Board meeting at Paris in France.

Cancer warrior Ken Okoth latest public appearance

He took photos with education PS Dr Belio Kipsang and former Labour CS and the current permanent representative to UNESCO Amb Phylis Kandie.

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Kibra MP Ken Okoth, Education PS Belio Kipsang and Amb Phyllis Kandie, Kenya’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO

Mr Okoth has also rubbished claims that he was dead after someone on Twitter posted a message announcing the death of the Kibra MP.

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Okoth has been battling colon cancer and has been posting photos of his progress as well as photos of friends from Kenya visiting him

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Kamukunji MP Yusuf Hassan paid a visit to Kibra MP Ken Okoth in Paris where he is receiving treatment. PHOTO CREDIT|TWITTER Yusuf Hassan page