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Raila Odinga: Ken Okoth believed death is a necessary evil

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has eulogised the late Kibra MP Ken Okoth as a leader who served his people well even when battling cancer.

“Ken battled cancer with unique bravery while serving his voters to the last minute,” said Raila.

Raila also said Okoth was a brave man who knew that colorectal cancer he had would eventually lead to death.

It has also been reported that Ken Okoth asked doctors at Nairobi Hospital where he died to turn off the life support machine.

“He knew what was happening to him but he did not shy away, for he believed like Julius Caesar that death is a necessary evil, it will come when it will come,” said Raila.

Ken Okoth and Raila were close friends who worked together in political and social development areas.

Ken Okoth once said that he drew motivation from Raila when he decided to run for the Kibra parliamentary seat.

“I first set my eyes on my hero, Raila at Olympic when he visited and addressed us, the pupils.  He told us nothing was impossible,” said Ken Okoth.

Ken Okoth died on Friday at Nairobi Hospital at the age of 41.

He will be remembered as a leader who brought significant change in Kibra from building schools to fostering events such as the Kibra Annual Festival.

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