Former Kakamega County Senator Dr Boni Khalwale has said that the former Kibra Member of Parliament should not be cremated because it is ‘alien, disturbing and distasteful’.
The former medical doctor has said that Okoth’s family should instead stick to the traditional Luo burial practices.
The politician added that cremation should not be confused with modernism as its an outdated practice that dates back to 17,000 years ago.
Khalwale’s statement comes just a day after Okoth’s paternal family expressed their distaste for the practice .
“We would not wish our cousin Ken Okoth to be cremated. It is against the Luo tradition and our cultural belief. It is our wish that they find another option,” the family’s spokesman Raymond Mbai said in a press briefing on Wednesday.
Mbai said that in the Luo culture, it is unheard of to burn someone once they die.
Okoth’s immediate family has said that the deceased will be cremated in a private function on Saturday. This is after a funeral service at Rateng’ Secondary School in Homa Bay County at 10am .