Kibra MP Kenneth Okoth has died of cancer. 41 year old in March told Kenyans that he was managing stage four colorectal cancer and will survive.
Two weeks ago, Okoth made his first official appearance to the public after being away in France for five months seeking treatment for colorectal cancer. The family made the announcement at a press conference at the Nairobi Hospital. Okoth was on life support after his condition worsened; he suffered multiple organ failure.
“He has been on and off medication and was brought to the hospital yesterday (Thursday) morning. He was unwell and was admitted at around 5pm but at around 8pm his health deteriorated and he was taken to the ICU. He remained there until today (Friday) at around 4pm when he passed on,” the brother Imran.
He battled the disease bravely in a Twitter reply to Benjie Wambui who had asked how he was doing.
“How are you Mheshimiwa? I am praying for you today,” Wambui had posted.
“Napambana na hali yangu (I’m managing my condition) and we shall overcome. Chemo drugs are brutal on the skin and immune system,” Okoth responded.
The disease develops from both the colon and rectum and is regarded as the second and third leading cause of cancer deaths.