Sad! Ken Okoth becomes the 4th MP to succumb to cancer

Kibra MP Ken Okoth, Photo/Twitter

The current National Assembly has suffered a big blow as four of its members have succumbed to cancer.

The latest victim being Kibra MP Hon Ken Okoth who passed away on Friday afternoon.

Black cloud engulfed the country as the sad news of Okoth’s death was released. This immediately sparked questions on why the trend has been common among the legislatures with no consequential cancer campaign done to curb the monster.

Okoth who has been described as one of the finest MPs in Kenya had been battling stage IV colorectal cancer at Nairobi Hospital where he was admitted after returning to the country from France.

Ken Okoth, Photo/Twitter

Here is a video of Okoth’s speech during the last public function he attended at Moi Girls School in Nairobi.

In December 2017, Kitui West MP and Former Environment, Heritage and Sports minister Francis Nyenze also succumbed to colon Cancer aged 60.

The late Francis Nyenze, Photo/Courtesy

Nyenze battled cancer for over 10 years and in a very shocking instance, he was sworn in to Parliament with an oxygen tank strapped on his body. He died while undergoing treatment at the Nairobi Hospital.

Migori Senator Ben Oluoch succumbed to throat cancer while receiving treatment at the MP Shah hospital, Nairobi in June 2018. Before his death he underwent cancer treatment in India.

Ben Okello, Photo/Courtesy

A file photo of Baringo South MP Grace Kipchoim. /JOSEPH KANGOGO
Baringo South MP Grace Kipchoim, Photo/Courtesy

Baringo South MP Grace Kipchoim also died after a long battle with colon cancer in April 2018 at the Nairobi Hospital at the age of 49.

Ms Kipchoim died while serving her second term in Parliament.

She suffered from acute colon cancer for close to two years.

Her case was discovered while already at stage four and underwent at least five operations in and outside Kenya.

Apart from politicians, Kenya has lost several other notable people to cancer. In July 1st 2019 the country was in grief for losing Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore due to the plague.

May their souls rest in Eternal Peace!

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