Prepare for battle, Robert Alai tells Ken Okoth’s widow

The journey to Ken Okoth’s final rites might just be a bumpy one. This is according to controversial blogger Robert Alai, who warned the deceased’s wife to prepare for a battle from her in-laws.

According to Alai, Okoth’s widow, Monica, should get ready for stiff opposition from members of his family over plans to have his body cremated.

In a Facebook post, Alai wrote;

“Ken Okoth’s wife should brace for a fight with the Luo community which would want to own the body of the late legislator like never before. If she is not smart, this might be a long battle. The Luos value the dead more than the living. We even contribute more for funerals. We can’t send a sick person Sh50,000 but we’ll spend Sh5 million to ensure that he is buried well.”

His sentiments come at a time when rumours of a split in the late Okoth’s family over his burial arrangement are rife.

It is alleged that his Caucasian wife and younger brother are in support of his body getting cremated as per his last wish.

His mother, brother and a sister are said to be firmly opposed to cremation plans, demanding that Okoth be laid to rest at his mother’s native home in Kosewe, Homa Bay county.

His paternal family is also locked in the tussle, calling for his body to be buried in his father’s hometown of Kochia, Rangwe, Homa Bay county.

The deceased legislator’s parents are said to have parted ways before his father died in 1993 and got buried in Rangwe.

Ken Okoth died on Friday, July 26 aged 41 at Nairobi Hospital after battling colorectal cancer.

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