Ken Okoth Dead
Kibra MP Ken Okoth’s body cremated at Kariokor
The body of the late Kibra Member of Parliament Ken Okoth has been cremated.
Okoth was cremated early Saturday morning at the Kariokor crematorium in Nairobi, despite a section of the family being opposed to the same.
Angelina Okoth, Ken Okoth’s mother was up until late friday evening inisting Okoth should be buried at her rural home at Kabondo Kasipul.
Early reports indicate that the body of Okoth left the Lee Funeral Home at about 1am for the crematorium.
In a statement to newsrooms, ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna said that the late Okoth was cremated in the presence of his family in accordance to his wishes.
“This is to let you know that Hon. Okoth’s remains have been cremated this morning in accordance with his wishes and in the presence of his family. I thank all of you for the support and patience in the course of this journey. May he Rest in peace,” read the statement.
This comes just hours after the family announced that the body of the late Okoth would not be flown to his maternal home in Kabondo Kasipul, Homa Bay as earlier planned.
Speaking at Milimani Law Courts on Friday after signing consent for the cremation to go on as planned, Sifuna cited logistical issues as reason for the change of plans.
Earlier, the body was to be transported to Kasipul Kabondo constituency on Saturday for a funeral service at Rateng’ Secondary School at 10am.
The paternal family of the late Kibra Member of Parliament Ken Okoth had opposed plans by his immediate family to cremate him at a private function on Saturday.
The family, addressing the media on Wednesday led by spokesman Raymond Mbai, maintained that the fallen MP deserved to be laid to rest next to the father’s grave at Amoso village in Kochia ward, Homa Bay County.
“In the Luo tradition, we have never heard that when somebody dies they are burnt; that is not our culture. We have never heard such a thing, so we have got no idea about that,” said Mr. Mbai.
The Kibra legislator succumbed to colorectal cancer on Friday last week at the Nairobi Hospital.
Kibra MP Ken Okoth to be cremated Saturday
Kibra MP Ken Okoth will be cremated on Saturday, ODM Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna said.
Mr Sifuna said Friday that Okoth’s body will be interred in Nairobi at a private event.
On Friday, a Nairobi court adopted a consent signed by Monica Okoth, the wife of late Kibra MP, and Anne Thumbi, his lover, that unlocks the stalemate over the interment of the legislator.
In the consent, Ms Okoth and Ms Thumbi have agreed that a DNA test be undertaken to confirm the paternity of the latter’s son.
Okoth’s wish, according to his wife, was that his body be cremated, but the Luo Council of Elders were opposed to it.
His mother wanted the body buried in her home, and his father’s relatives said that is not possible under Luo custom, and that he should be buried near his father’s grave.
Mr Okoth’s wife, Monica, and his younger brother, were pushing for the cremation of the fallen MP’s body, while his mother Anjeline Ajwang’ and his elder brother wanted the body buried at her home in Kasewe, Kabondo Kasipul.
Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga, who was drawn into the controversy, said Mr Okoth’s body should be handed over to the family to determine its last rites.
This position is echoed by the Luo Council of Elders, through Mr Nyandiko Ongadi, who insisted that the burial arrangements must conform to the Luo culture, and that Okoth’s wife should not dictate the manner in which he should be given a send-off.
“Our culture requires the wives of our sons to automatically adopt Luo practices,” Mr Ongadi said, insisting that Mr Okoth’s wife, who is of European descent, should follow suit.
The Luo elder told political leaders involved in funeral arrangements to consult with the council, which he said was in talks with Okoth’s paternal family in Kochia, Homa Bay.
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How Anne Thumbi’s love with Ken Okoth blossomed
Ken Okoth was always an ambitious young man.
From his roots in Kibra, he dreamt big, studied hard and attended some of the best schools locally and top-league universities abroad.
And then, in 2013, a fire lit up in his belly. He wanted to be the Member of Parliament for Kibra, which he had served in various ways as a community mobiliser.
At around the same time, a young woman named Anne Muthoni Thumbi was taking her nursing steps at Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi.
She was in her early 20s when she first met the towering Okoth at the hospital.
Ken Okoth Dated Anne Thumbi
Ken, then a bubbly 33-year-old man, was instantly smitten. He approached Anne and asked her out. She agreed, attracted by his lanky physique, dark skin tone and raucous laugh.
“He was a good man,” she told the Nation on Thursday in the first interview since the saga surrounding the paternity of a child she claims she bore with the MP broke. “So loving and always positive about life.”
The two started meeting often, and the fire in the soon-to-be Kibra MP burnt bright.
As the political campaigns heated up, Ken asked Anne to lead his team. Every morning the two would meet in Kibra to strategise, then spend the day knocking on doors and addressing small barazas (meetings).
Friends who worked with them described the two as more of lovebirds than political strategists.
Ken Okoth Son – Jayden Baraka Okoth
Even as they campaigned in the trenches of Kibra, they dreamt of a life together, drawn to each other by the shared ambition during the day and the powerful tom-toms of their hearts later on in the evening.
Ken won the seat in March 2013, but the victory was not enough for him, and so he used his political connections to have Anne nominated as a member of the Nairobi County Assembly.
From then on, the love affair between the two politicians blossomed, says Anne.
Two years later, in 2015, the couple was blessed with a baby boy. Anne said Ken immediately assumed the fatherly role and “was always there” for them. They named the little boy Jayden Baraka Okoth.
“Ken was elated,” said Robert Sidhe, a friend of the couple.
Soon afterwards, Ken visited Anne’s parents in Nyeri, where he introduced himself as Anne’s lover.
Ken Okoth was a Responsible Father
Photos shared on social media also show Jayden meeting with Ken’s mother, Ms Angeline Ajwang, at an undisclosed location. It is not clear when the photo was taken, or whether Ms Ajwang considered Jayden Ken’s son at the time.
Anne and Ken did not live together, but the Nairobi MCA says Ken remained in Jayden’s life. He bought him his first bicycle and always enquired about his development milestones and, later, performance in school.
“Being keen on education, he always asked how Jayden was doing in school and whenever he could he would check on his progress with the teachers,” said Anne.
Their love affair remained hidden as Ken had a wife, Monica, whom he had met while studying in Austria.
But, Anne still considered herself Ken’s partner as she had remained a constant in his life.
Ken, who died last Friday after battling colorectal cancer for two years, appears to have had a premonition that he would be no more in a few days.
Anne Thumbi Lawsuit
From his hospital bed in Paris, even as he prepared to come back to Kenya for his last days, he sent Anne a text message, urging her to “take care of our son”.
It is that message, along with the years the two spent together, that forced Anne to come out of the woodwork this week and claim a place in Ken’s burial arrangements.
But, Ken’s family would hear none of it, and so on Thursday she went to court seeking to have the burial of her secret lover stopped until the controversy surrounding Jayden’s paternity is resolved.
She sued Ken’s mother, Angeline, his widow Monica, and the Lee Funeral Home as the first, second and third defendants, respectively.
The court barred the parties from either burying or cremating Ken’s remains until the matter is resolved. The hearing of the case is scheduled for August 9.
Mike Sonko’s Outburst
As news of the court order broke, political leaders were leading thousands of mourners in paying their last respects to Ken in Kibra, Nairobi.
Among those in attendance was Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, who stirred controversy when he asked Ken’s family to acknowledge that their son had “another wife and a child”.
“I respect you mama and Monica,” said Mr Sonko, referring to Ken’s mother Angeline and his wife.
“Ken had a child and I ask you to just accept the child because Ken is not happy where he is, knowing his son has not been accepted. We are not asking you for anything; we have the capacity to school that child.”
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Kibra MP Ken Okoth to be cremated in Nairobi
The family of the late Ken Okoth has announced that the Kibra MP will be cremated at a private function in Nairobi.
Speaking to the press at a Nairobi hotel, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga indicated that the body will be transported to Kasipul Kabondo constituency on Saturday.
A funeral service will be held at Rateng’ Secondary School at 10am after which the family will be allowed to perform the final rights.
“Ken will be given to the family to do the rest…just like we did with Kenneth Matiba…so the family will do the rest,” said Raila.
Disagreement persists on Ken Okoth burial
The committee planning the funeral arrangements of the late Kibra lawmaker Ken Okoth has released a farewell programme to guide the itinerary leading to his final send off.
The late Okoth succumbed to colorectal cancer on Friday last week at the Nairobi Hospital.
The committee led by former Ndhiwa MP Agostinho Neto said that there would be a public viewing of the body on Wednesday at the Lee Funeral Home before a memorial service is held by the Starehe Community between 2pm and 4pm.
On Thursday, the body will be taken to Moi Girls High School in Kibra Constituency, Nairobi for public viewing between 10am and 4pm.
“This is where the late Ken had his last public meeting and we saw it fit to have the public and the people he represented to have the chance to view his body,” said Mr Neto on Tuesday night at Silver Springs Hotel in Nairobi.
The civil society, where the late lawmaker has been hailed as a champion for education and human rights, will hold a commemoration between 2pm and 6pm at the University of Nairobi on Friday.
Thereafter, the body will be airlifted to his maternal grandparents’ home at Got Rateng Primary School in Kabondo Kasipul, Homa Bay County on Saturday for a funeral service.
However, the committee consisting of Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja, and MPs Dr Eve Obara (Kabondo Kasipul), Seme’s Dr James Nyikal, Westlands’ Tim Wanyonyi and Yusuf Hassan of Kamukunji, failed to clearly reveal whether Okoth will be interred in Kabondo Kasipul or he will be lifted back to Nairobi for cremation.
There has been a disagreement on whether the second-term MP will be cremated or buried and where the latter will take place at his late father’s home in Kochia, Rangwe Constituency or at his maternal family home in Kasewe, Kabondo Kasipul.
The paternal family on Tuesday claimed that they have been kept in the dark over his burial plans.
The family spokesperson Raymond Mbai said they would wish that Okoth be buried at his father’s ancestral home in Kochia, Homa Bay County in accordance with Luo traditions.
Okoth’s parents, Nicholas Obonyo and Angeline Ajwang separated when he was young in the 1980s.
Okoth then moved with his mother to her ancestral home in Kabondo Kasipul.
Source: Daily Nation
Ken Okoth before his death: No life support for me
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.
Ken Okoth health deteriorated
Come Friday 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.
Ken Okoth was an eloquent Leader
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. On Friday, 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.
Ken Okoth had an enduring spirit
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.
Ken Okoth had a transformative agenda
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.
“We shall all remember Honourable Ken Okoth as a very focused leader who had a transformative agenda for his constituency and worked in a very committed and 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.”
Source: Daily NAtion
Kibra MP Ken Okoth dead
Kibra MP Ken Okoth 41, has died at Nairobi Hospital after a long battle with cancer.
Okoth’s brother Imran Okoth said the MP who died at around 4PM on Friday asked his family to switch off the life support machine. His body has been moved to Lee Funeral Home in Nairobi.
The legislator has been battling colorectal cancer for several months and was rushed to Nairobi Hospital on Thursday night.
Colorectal cancer, as defined by Mayoclinic.com, is when it develops from both the colon and rectum.
The MP, in a past interview, admitted the diagnosis came a little too late but he was optimistic that he would pull through.
“I was diagnosed with stage four colorectal cancer with metastases to the liver,” he told The Standard.
Ten days ago, Okoth made his first public after returning from France where he had been receiving treatment.
He attended the Kibra Music Fest at Moi Girls School, Nairobi, accompanied by other City leaders.
Okoth hailed Kenyans for praying for him during his time in France and vowed to overcome the disease in the long run.
Ken Okoth struggle with cancer
Okoth who was one of the youngest Members of Parliament and a visionary described himself as an educator, humanist and at the age of 40 he added another title to his impressive public life – a cancer warrior.
The diagnosis was not easy to come by. For over a year, he presented symptoms of ulcers, at times bacterial infections and that is what he was being treated for.
He was even put on drugs to manage stress. He said all along he was battling abdominal pain and weight loss.
By the time his doctor ordered some advanced scans, the cancer had hit stage four. “The fear of the unknown that accompanies a cancer diagnosis is immense. Cancer changes your life completely,” he said in a past interview.
Last year, Okoth was put through vigorous treatment that involved combined radio- and chemotherapy to avert the impending risk of organ failure.
The MP recently lauded by State House for his bravery in his fight against cancer and in a message that urged Kenyans to emulate him.
In March Ken tweeted: “Napambana na hali yangu kabisa. Chemo drugs brutal on the skin and immunity system.”
Adopted From The Standard
Leaders mourn Kibra MP Ken Okoth
Several political leaders including Raila Odinga, Anyang Nyongo, Kalonzo Musyoka, Gideon Moi and Justin Muturi have sent condolences following death of Kibra MP Ken Okoth on Friday.
Raila Odinga: I’m deeply saddened by the passing of our MP Hon. Ken battled Cancer with unique bravery while serving his voters to the last minutes of his life. May God grant peace and strength to his family and may he Rest In Peace.
Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka: “It is with deep sadness that I have learnt of the passing of Kibra M.P Hon Ken Okoth.He was a visionary leader and contributed so much to the people of Kibra and the country at large. My prayers to his family, friends, constituents and to the entire country.”
National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi: “It is with great sadness that I have learnt of the passing on of Kibra MP, Hon. Ken Okoth, after gallantly fighting the illness that afflicted him.
My heartfelt condolences to Hon Okoth’s family, constituents and friends. Ken was a visionary, indefatigable and exceptional legislator whose commitment to House and constituency duties is unmatched.
During his almost seven-year tenure as the MP for Kibra constituency, Hon. Ken, spared no efforts in executing his transformational agenda. He leaves behind a rich legacy of a great leader and a very progressive lawmaker.
It is unfortunate that his demise comes at a time when we all looked forward to his recovery and comeback to the National Assembly after his return to the country recently. While we at the Assembly have lost a valuable comrade, Kenya has lost a great patriot. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Baringo Senator Gideon Moi: “Death, in its cruelty, has claimed one of the most visionary, exemplary, outgoing and fundamentally a humble leader. InKen Okoth, Kibra Constituency found a man whose determination to transform their lives stopped at nothing but the apogee. Fare thee wellKen Okoth.
Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o: Hon. Ken Okoth battle with cancer has been a real encouragement to people living with cancer. Comrade Ken will be greatly missed by his Kibra Constituents, the ODM party family and the country at large. My condolences !
Governor Nyongo said Mr Okoth will be remembered for his fore-sightedness in development especially in matters education.
Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen: “Go well my brother Hon. Ken Okoth. You exemplified greatness. You radiated love. You were brilliant. You served your people well. You bore the burden of that monster with grace and strength. You will forever remain an inspiration to many. Fare thee well Mhesh!
Dr. Miguna Miguna: “Praying for you, Ken Okoth, RATEGO. Stay strong. Your legacy will live forever.”
Dr Boni Khalwale: “So sad to accept that the Hon Ken Okoth has finally died after a brave fight with colorectal carcinoma. In seven short years he has left an indelible mark on School infrastructure in Kibra. RIP honourable, u were a good man.”
ODM Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna: “We have lost our brother, friend and Kibra MP Ken Okoth. A fine gentleman and legislator, Okoth was an exemplary human being and we will forever be grateful for the time we had with him. To his family, friends and Constituents poleni sana.”
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Ken Okoth Biography
Ken Okoth (Kenneth Odhiambo Okoth) is a Kenyan member of Parliament (MP) representing Kibra constituency in Nairobi county. Kibra is the largest informal settlement on the African continent. He was re-elected for a second term in the 2017 general elections.
Ken Okoth is known for not voting for the controversial VAT bill which he says he made it in his sober mind and has no apologies to make over it. He is also known as a controversial member of parliament. He has been very vocal in the push for the legalization of marijuana in the country. He often describes himself as an educator and humanist.
Ken Okoth Age
Ken Okoth was born in 1978. He is currently 41 years old as of 2019.
Ken Okoth Family
Ken Okoth was born and raised in Kibera’s Kisumu Dogo area. He, together with his other 5 siblings were raised by a single mum Angelina. This was after their father abandoned the family when he was very young. He is the fourth born in a family of six children.
Ken Okoth Wife
Ken Okoth is married to a European wife. Not so much is known about her though.
Ken Okoth Education Background.
Fronted by all odds, Ken Okoth never for a second thought of giving up. His dreams were rekindled when Raila, visited them at Olympics pryimary school in Kibra. He had just emerged from years in detention and won the Langata parliamentary seat without the assistance of his famous father. The inspiration kindled a fire in him and that burns to this day.
He scored a massive 613/700 in his KCPE examinations to join Starehe Boys’ Centre and the rest was history. He first slep[t on a bed in Starehe a situation he says changed him completely. He did his undergraduate Studies at St. Lawrence University, USA, -German and European Studies. He has a masters in International Relations degree from Georgetown University.
Ken Okoth Illness Cancer
Just when Okoth’s hard work and determination were boring fruits at the prime of his age, 40, he was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is when cancer develops from both the colon and rectum. Away from the glare of the fast-paced public life, Okoth is putting a brave face as he battles the tough few letter illness. He however reassured Kenyans that he is doing everything possible to fight the disease.
Speaking to the Sunday Nation early 2019, he said, "I was diagnosed with stage four colorectal cancer with metastases to the liver,” For over a year, he presented symptoms of ulcers, at times bacterial infections and that is what he was being treated for. He was even put on drugs to manage stress. Okoth says that all that time, he was battling abdominal pain and weight loss.
He was being treated for the wrong disease before his doctor finally asked him to take an advanced scan. It was already too late and that’s when his life turned around. "The fear of the unknown that accompanies a cancer diagnosis is immense. Cancer changes your life completely,” he says.
In 2018, Ken Okoth was put on vigorous treatment that involved combined radio- and chemotherapy to avert the impending risk of organ failure. Though he responded well, that was just the beginning of his long-term treatment. "I will be using chemotherapy tablets that I can take every morning. Because my disease was discovered at a very advanced stage; it cannot be cured. It can only be managed,” he said on February, 2019.
"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,” Ken Okoth said
Ken Okoth Job History
The current member of Parliament for Kibra constituency did not just wake up to a silver plate. Odds were so high on his side that he had to do anything possible to sustain himself and help his mother in making a living. He has done so many odd jobs including being a night guard of Goethe Cultural Institute. He has also ever been a receptionist at Masava Hospital.
Ken Okoth has also been a watchman at the Maendeleo ya Wanawake House premises. He was a volunteer at The Nation and at one time was a newspaper peddler. It is not doubting that for a man who has risen to the position of a member of parliament and a founder of Kibera Foundation, giving up is an alien name in his dictionary.
Ken Okoth Political Positions
Current Political Positions
- 8th August 2017- to date: Member of parliament for Kibra Constituency.
- From 10th March 2013: Member of Parliament for Kibra Constituency
- From 16th February 2013: Coalition Member of Coalition for Reforms & Democracy
- From 15th February 2013: Member of Orange Democratic Movement
Previous Political Positions
From 15th February 2013 – 4th March 2013: Aspirant Member of Parliament for Kibra Constituency
Ken Okoth Committee Membership
From 2013: Member of Departmental Committee on Education, Research And Technology
Ken Okoth Contacts
Ken Okoth Video
Ken Okoth Twitter
Ken Okoth News
Kibra MP Ken Okoth admitted to ICU
Kibra MP Ken Okoth has been admitted to Nairobi hospital after his condition worsened. Okoth who has been battling colorectal cancer for several months was rushed to hospital last night.
The MP made his first public appearance about 10 days ago after returning from France where he had been receiving treatment. He attended the Kibra Music Fest at Moi Girls School, Nairobi, accompanied by other City leaders.
Okoth who exuded confidence hailed Kenyans for praying for him during his time in France and vowed to overcome the disease in the long run.
In March, Okoth told Kenyans that he was managing stage four colorectal cancer and will survive.
Okoth, 41, was recently lauded by State House for his bravery in his fight against cancer and urged Kenyans to emulate him.
Through a statement issued by Spokesperson Kanze Dena on Tuesday, State House lauded Okoth’s bravery in his fight with cancer and urged Kenyans to support each other in battling the monster.
"Allow me to mention a great son of Kenya, the Member of Parliament for Kibra Constituency Mheshimiwa Ken Okoth who has recently returned to the country after months of treatment in France,” read a statement issued by Spokesperson Kanze Dena.
Okoth has been getting immense love from Kenyans who have been impressed by his determination.
Source: The Standard
Kibra MP Ken Okoth visits Kenya’s ambassador to France Judy Wakhungu
The MP made a public appearance on Thursday, July 4, while paying a courtesy call to Kenya’s ambassador to France Judy Wakhungu and it is clear Okoth will come out a warrior.
While visiting Wakhungu, they discussed various issues ranging from education projects and sports diplomacy among other issues affecting his constituents.
"Courtesy call from Ken Okoth (Kibra). He updated us on many issues including his impressive education projects and his plans for increasing them to reach as many students as possible. He is also keen to use Sports Diplomacy to expand students’ horizons,”
Kenyans online were quick to show their support for Okoth who is in France for treatment.
Nyariki: May God heal Ken Okoth. He is a man of the people, he cares for the poor.
Peter Murandai: Sending you good wishes for your quick recovery and good health. Get well soon!
Gachoki Karani: Ken Okoth is a guy who puts mwananchi first and that’s why we all wish him well.
Eve Kingara: Ken Okoth confirms that there is no chance, no destiny or no fate that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul. We are with you.
Sammy Ranking: Hon. Ken Okoth is still the best MP that Kenya has ever had. May God see him through his battle with cancer.
Daddy Owen: Praying for you Champ. U shall overcome. U r a great leader mheshimiwa Ken Okoth.
"I will be using chemotherapy tablets that I can take every morning. Because my disease was discovered at a very advanced stage; it cannot be cured. It can only be managed,” said Okoth.
‘Chemo drugs are brutal….’ Kibra MP Ken Okoth says on his battle with cancer
Kibra Member of Parliament Ken Okoth is battling Colorectal Cancer with every fiber in his body and he seems to be approaching it with a lot of optimism.
Okoth revealed his Cancer diagnosis in February indicating that the condition was discovered at a very advanced stage it cannot be cured, just managed.
On Tuesday, the 41-year-old legislator took to his Twitter to give an update on his continued fight against cancer.
"Napambana na hali yangu kabisa. (I’m fighting with it). Chemo drugs are brutal on the skin and immunity system.” he tweeted.
He was responding to a Twitter user who had tweeted him asking about his condition.
Hallo Mheshimiwa @okothkenneth How are you fairing? You crossed my mind today. Am praying for your quick recovery.
Napambana na hali yangu kabisa. Chemo drugs brutal on the skin and immunity system.
Kamukunji MP Yusuf Hassan, in his wishes, asked Mr. Okoth to be "strong and courageous.”
"Dearest Ken, Our thoughts are with you as you battle with this disease.The whole of Kenya is behind you and sends you strength. You’re a fighter and I’ve no doubt that you will defeat it and emerge the victor. Be strong and courageous.”
Colorectal cancer develops from both the colon and rectum regarded as the second and third leading cause of cancer deaths in women and men.
Before the diagnosis, Okoth told a local daily how he was on treatment for ulcers and bacterial infections for about a year not knowing he had cancer. He had also been put on pills to manage stress and anxiety.
Since his diagnosis, he has has been pushing for the improvements of healthcare in the country narrating how he was forced to seek treatment in Europe since Kenya has very few facilities that care for cancer at such an advanced stage.
Given a choice to either go to the U.S or Europe, he settled for Europe since his wife is from Europe and he could easily get a residence permit and it is much cheaper.
Last year, Okoth was put through vigorous treatment that combined radio and chemotherapy to avert the impending risk of organ failure.
Adopted From The Standard
Ken Okoth Cancer: Colorectal Cancer
Even as cancer treatment improves and survival rates go up, so, too, does the number of people afflicted with the deadly disease. New global cancer data suggests the global cancer burden has risen to 18.1 million cases. The cases are predicted to grow to 29.5 million by 2040. Last year, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) recorded 9.6 million cancer deaths.
According to WHO’s latest global cancer data, one in five men and one in six women worldwide develop cancer during their lifetime, and one in eight men and one in 11 women die from the disease. The burden of cancer is only increasing and according to WHO the factors behind it are population growth, aging, late detection, and screening.
Whereas the international agency notes that globally lung and female breast cancers are the leading types of cancer worldwide, cancer experts in Kenya predict a shift in pattern as cancers of the food pipe and stomach are increasingly ravaging young people in the country and quickly becoming top killers.
In its Globocan report that analyses new cases and deaths among men and women, the IARC notes esophagus cancer kills 4,354 Kenyans every year, overtaking cervix, breast, stomach and prostate cancers. Most of the patients are diagnosed when the disease is already at advanced stages.
According to Dr. Andrew Odhiambo, an oncologist at Kenyatta National Hospital and Nairobi Radiotherapy and Cancer Centre, cancers of the food pipe are rapidly increasing in the country and so are the delays in diagnosing them. "If you are being treated for a condition repeatedly, be it amoeba or typhoid, make sure you get a second opinion because as it is, some cancers will often present like normal ailments.
"Some, like stomach cancer, will present like acidity or heartburn and the doctor seeing you will not tell the difference between the two. It is the repeated nature of going to the hospital over the same issue that will ring a bell for further tests,” he explained. While the disease is known to affect mostly older patients, especially men, Dr. Odhiambo said there is a new trend of younger patients being diagnosed with it.
"This is not a surprise. We are seeing more patients with esophagus and stomach cancers than before and most come after many months or years of misdiagnosis when the disease has advanced. "Unlike the demographics in Europe and the West, here in Africa we are having younger patients coming to the clinic with the disease,” he said.
Some of the trigger factors for cancers of the gastric system include links of food pipe cancer to volcanic soils, alcohol, and tobacco chewing or smoking. "Most of the gastric cancers we are seeing are already in stage four, which is often too late. Something that is very weird is that when patients have an explanation for what could be ailing them, they become at ease.
For instance, if you are told you have H.pylori, you will be at ease not knowing whether something else more dangerous could be lurking underneath that H.pylori,” he added. For patients aged over 50, experiencing weight loss and anemia, and who have been taking acidity drugs for over a month, Dr. Odhiambo advised immediate screening as there could be something wrong. "People with a family history of cancer should also go for screening, which includes stool tests and colonoscopy, as they are at a higher risk of developing cancer.”
Colorectal cancer symptoms depend on the size and location of cancer. Some commonly experienced symptoms are changes in bowel habits, changes in stool consistency, blood in the stool and abdominal discomfort. "These symptoms, however, differ depending on whether the cancer is detected in the patient’s right or left side of the colon.”
For instance, he says, if the cancer is on the left side of the colon, patients are likely to spot blood in their stool. This is because the left side of the colon is closer to the rectum compared with the right colon."Patients who have cancer on the right side will often present with fatigue, weight loss, and anemia. This is because they are silently losing blood which is not spotted it in their stool as the right side of the colon is far from the rectum,” Dr. Odhiambo said.
As a result, many patients often have their diagnosis when the cancer is in an advanced stage.