Ken Okoth’s maternal family abandons plan to hold traditional rituals


Ken Okoth's maternal family abandons plan to hold traditional rituals
Late Ken Okoth's mother Angeline Ajwang with National Assembly Minority Leader John Mbadi and Kabondo Kasipul MP Eve Obara as well as other family members on August 5, 2019. PHOTO | COURTESY

In Summary

  • The deceased’s mother Angeline Ajwang, who was against the cremation of her son, was on Monday expected to lead a traditional ritual in which she was to bury a banana stem to symbolise the burying of Okoth’s body.
  • However, the family now says it will just conduct a prayer service at Mr. Okoth's maternal home in Ogenga village, Kabondo Kasipul constituency, at a date to be announced.

The family of the late Kibra Member of Parliament Ken Okoth will not carry out any Luo traditional rituals as earlier reported.

The deceased’s mother Angeline Ajwang, who was against the cremation of her son, was on Monday expected to lead a traditional ritual in which she was to bury a banana stem to symbolise the burying of Okoth’s body.

However, the family now says it will just conduct a prayer service at Mr. Okoth’s maternal home in Ogenga village, Kabondo Kasipul constituency, at a date to be announced.

This comes following a visit to the homestead by National Assembly Minority Leader John Mbadi and Kabondo Kasipul MP Eve Obara.

The two leaders held a closed-door meeting with sections of Okoth’s family members who agreed to reconcile after earlier having differences on the mode of sendoff for the late legislator.

A section of the family wanted Okoth to be buried while another section supported the idea of cremation.

Mr. Mbadi has since however announced that the family has resolved their differences and will organize for the prayer services.

According to area MP Dr. Eve Obara, the prayer services shall be conducted after Okoth’s mother Angelina Ajwang who is presently unwell fully recovers.

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