The late Kibra MP, Kenneth Odhiambo Okoth, was a man admired and loved in equal measure by members of his constituency.
As he breathed his last at the Nairobi Hospital, Nairobi residents will remember him as a gallant leader who continued to serve his people even with colorectal cancer gnawing into his body.
The legislator was born in 1978 in Kibra’s Kisumu Dogo. He was brought up by a single mother after his father abandoned him and his 5 siblings. He, however, studied at the prestigious Starehe Boys Center where he sat his KCSE.
Okoth worked as a newspaper vendor for ‘The East African’ publication where he would deliver the paper to offices along Ngong Road to the suburbs of Karen.
He was clearly passionate about the German language as he enrolled to learn the language at the Goethe Institut in 1996. He went ahead to acquire a Bachelor of Arts in German and European studies at St Lawrence University in the USA from 1997-2001. From 2002-2005 he acquired a Masters in German from Georgetown University in Washington DC.
He also worked as a watchman while studying at the Goethe Institut. The institution allowed him to study German for free but he would act as the security guard at one of their premises in Nairobi.
He later became a lecturer of African Studies at Georgetown University from 2005-2008.
The Marijuana Control Bill 2018 is one of the things he will be remembered for. He introduced the bill which aims to decriminalize the use of Marijuana to the National Assembly.
Okoth was diagnosed with Stage 4 colorectal cancer and flew to France to get treatment. He came back to Kenya a few weeks ago but succumbed on Friday 26th July at around 4 pm at the Nairobi Hospital.
May his soul rest in eternal peace.