February 2, 2023

ODM leader, Raila Odinga, on Friday night, revealed that he had a bad premonition about former Kibra MP, Ken Okoth’s, death.

Raila who was in Mombasa at the time the MP succumbed to colorectal cancer, was shocked with the news as he planned to board his private plane to come back to Nairobi to check on the MP, who he thought was still alive.

“I spoke to him about a month ago, but the day before he died, I had a bad premonition. I went to look for him at The Nairobi Hospital then I was told that he had been discharged.

“Yesterday(Friday) in the morning I went to several functions before flying out to Mombasa. I was hoping to see him when I came back today, then at the airport, I realised that he had passed on. The day before he died I spent one hour looking for him,” a sad Raila revealed, while speaking to NTV. 

Johnston Muthama, Evans Kidero, Raila Odinga and former Kibra MP Ken Okoth At a campaign rally in Kibra

Raila further gave a moving tribute to the deceased MP.

“Ken was like my son. He worked hard and grew up in the slums of Kibera and all I knew he was going to high places. Everybody knows what he has done both in parliament and out parliament. His services are going to be missed,” Raila stated.

The former premiere then disclosed how he helped Ken Okoth run Kibra constituency during his ailing moment.

“I was like a substitute member. I tried to do what he was doing, helping the people of Kibra. I used to work behind the scenes helping the people of Kibra. As you know, poor people need a lot of attention as emergencies tend to often arise,”

President Uhuru Kenyatta also gave a moving tribute on the late MP. In his message, Uhuru regretted how death had robbed the nation of an astute and progressive legislator who stood out for his servant leadership credentials.

The late Kibra MP who died on Friday at The Nairobi Hospital had instructed his family members not to put him on life support when his condition deteriorated.

Honouring the MP’s wish, his family agreed to switch off the life support machine at around 4 pm on Friday at The Nairobi hospital. 

Raila Odinga with the late Kibra MP, Ken Okoth, at Moi Girls School in Nairobi on September 2, 2017

Here is the video courtesy of NTV. 

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