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Ken Okoth cremation to go on as DNA testing gets go-ahead

The Former Kibra MP Ken Okoth’s burial will go on as planned, the Nairobi nominated Member of the County Assembly Anne Thumbi’s lawyer has confirmed.

“There is no dispute about the manner of disposing off the body. The cremation of the body will proceed as planned,” Thumbi’s lawyer Elkana Mogaka said on Friday.

To facilitate that, DNA samples will be taken from Okoth’s body on Friday 4pm at the Lee Funeral Home.

“Each party is expected to present their own pathologist when the samples are taken. The pathologists will provide the methodologies to be used,” Mogaka added.

Thumbi’s child will also be allowed to participate in Okoth’s send off.

In addition, the matter will now be resolved away from court by Okoth’s family.

“This is purely a family matter. We were guided by article 159 to ensure that family matters are resolved through alternative dispute resolutions,” Thumbi’s lawyer said.

Anne Thumbi who is alleged to be Ken Okoth’s second wife moved to court to stop his cremation, stating that she had been sidelined from the funeral plans.

She wanted a DNA test to be done and the alleged son to be allowed to participate in the funeral arrangements.

Thumbi is said to have sued on behalf of the minor, a son she sired with the legislator.

She had also sued the deceased’s mother Angelina Okoth, his wife Monica Okoth and the Lee Funeral home.

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