4 Projects by MP Ken Okoth That Mesmerised Kenyans

  • Few politicians can be described as dedicated legislators who are connected well with their people and Kibra MP Ken Okoth was one of them.

    Ken Okoth passed away on Friday at The Nairobi Hospital at the age of 41.

    Okoth had been diagnosed with stage four colorectal cancer and had been rushed to the hospital on Thursday.

    During his tenure in Parliament, the MP had embarked on a number of projects that mesmerised Kenyans.

    1. Mbagathi High School

    Arguably the project that brought the MP's achievements to the limelight, Okoth commissioned the completion of Mbagathi Girls High School in February 2018.

    The magnificent building impressed both his supporters and critics with many congratulating him for showing exemplary leadership. 

    In his Twitter handle, Okoth revealed that it cost only Ksh48.2 million.

    Citizen TV journalist Jeff Koinange was honoured when a library in the newly constructed high school was named, 'The Jeff Koinange Library and Resource Centre!'

    2. Rehabilitation of Kibera Primary School 

    Okoth was passionate about education as he had on several occasions quoted French poet "He who opens a school door, closes a prison."

    With this spirit, he led the rehabilitation of Kibera Primary School which was officially opened by Ambassador of Sweden Johan Borgstrom on November 13th 2015.

    The project was funded by the Kibra Constituency Development Fund and in attendance was artist Octopizzo.

    3. Another CDF funded School

    In May 2019, Kenyans were impressed when Okoth revealed photos of another school that he was constructing in his constituency.

    Taking to social media, the ailing MP, who was undergoing cancer treatment in France at the time, announced that the school was being funded by the Constituency Development Fund (CDF). 

    He, however, divulged that he was yet to give the school a name and asked Kenyans to help him find a suitable one for the institution.

    "What name should we call it officially? 1. The Kibra High School 2. Kibra Secondary School 3. Kibera High School 4. Kibera Secondary School," he posted on social media.

    4. Kibra Music Festival

    When he came back to the country earlier in the month, Ken Okoth attended the Kibra Music festival at Moi Girls' High School. The festival was held by the Kibra CDF in conjunction with other partners. 

    He was joined by a host of other leaders including Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja.

    This was to be his last public appearance, where he warmed the hearts of those in attendance singing a few words of Rich Mavoko's song, Roho Yangu.

    "Our children have immeasurable talent; it's a joy to give them a platform to showcase these talents on stage through song, dance, and poetry," he noted.

    Via the Kibra CDF, Okoth also held a number of free medical camps and handed out bursary cheques to deserving Kibra constituents.