‘Ken Okoth was not a conformist or an apologist’: Leaders mourn brave Kibra MP

'Ken Okoth was not a conformist or an apologist': Leaders mourn brave Kibra MP

President Uhuru Kenyatta, his Deputy William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga have mourned Ken Okoth after he succumbed to cancer on Friday.

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.

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

According to Dr. Ruto, the Kibra lawmaker worked tirelessly to better the lives of others and championed the welfare of all.

“Okoth had a dogged personality, tenacity that elevated him among his peers and gave him an invincible aura. His battle with cancer exemplified his bravery, endurance and strength in adversity,” the DP said.

ODM leader Raila Odinga echoed the DP’s sentiments saying Okoth battled cancer with unique bravery while serving his voters to the last minutes of his life. 

Governor Ali Hassan Joho noted that the people of Mombasa are mourning with Okoth’s family, the people of Kibra and the country over the death of a brave and robust young legislator.

“Mheshimiwa Ken Okoth was a brave warrior who always stood for the rights of his people and fought a brutal battle with cancer,” Joho said.

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

“Ken Okoth was in a class of his own in so many ways. He was not a conformist or an apologist. He was brave to share his health status and came back home for one last public function looking so frail. He suffered bravely. Go well bro. Kenya will miss your wit,” Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr said.

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