Ken Okoth: I cannot be healed but I will Manage my cancer

News broke on Tuesday, that Kibra MP Ken Okoth had succumbed to cancer related complications.

The ailing MP, who has been in Europe for Chemotherapy then cleared the air, saying he is ok and Kenyans should not kill him before his time.

We don’t really understand the motivation behind someone coming up with such a story. Last month, Okoth revealed that anapambana na hali yake.

At the age of 41, Kibra MP is one of the youngest Members of Parliament and a visionary who describes himself as an educator and humanist.

“I was diagnosed with stage four colorectal cancer with metastases to the liver,” he told the Sunday Standard.

Colorectal cancer, as defined by, is when cancer develops from both the colon and rectum.


A 2017 study published by National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) found that 50 per cent of colorectal cancer patients develop metastasis disease of the liver, which are tumour growths in the liver, spread from cancer causing cells in some part of the body.

This diagnosis, however, 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.

Last year, Okoth was put through vigorous treatment that involved combined radio- and chemotherapy to avert the impending risk of organ failure.

Chemotherapy is a form of cancer treatment that uses one or more drugs as part of a standardised regimen. It may be given to cure the disease, to prolong life or to reduce symptoms.

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