Okoth's Kin That Family Wants Nominated for Kibra Seat

  • Kin of the late Kibra MP, Ken Okoth, has disclosed that the family wants ODM leader, Raila Odinga, to endorse one of them as the next area representative.

    Elvis Oluoch, Okoth’s maternal nephew, told The Star that the family was considering sending emissaries to the party leader to endorse Imran Okoth, the former MP’s personal assistant and brother.

    “We want to appeal to Raila to see if he can give one of the family members that opportunity to take care of the next three years.

    “We have one Imran in mind. He was the personal assistant to Ken and was the one taking care of everything when Ken was sick. So we thought he is the right person to do that because he knew every plan Ken had concerning Kibra,” Oluoch stated.

    Imran, alongside Westlands MP, Tim Wanyonyiwas in charge of the constituency during the period the deceased was away for treatment.

    The two oversaw development projects in the constituency.

    Raila will probably have the last say on who succeeds Okoth after Jubilee bowed out of the race.

    The ODM leader was also the longest-serving Langata MP before the constituency was divided into two, Kibra and Langata constituencies.

    Should Imran be nominated, he will be among the politicians who succeeded their family members due to various different reasons.

    Kitui West MP, Edith Nyenze, was previously elected to succeed her husband, Francis Nyenze, who died soon after the 2017 General election. Other political heirs include Moses Kajwang’, Eugene Wamalwa, Mutula Kilonzo Junior, Juma Boy, and ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi.

    Meanwhile, Okoth's mother, Angelina Ajwang, was reported to have decided to bury a banana stem after missing out on burying his son, who was cremated on Saturday.

    Reports indicate that she tried to reach out to two Luo MPs, on Friday before her son's cremation took place.

    She wanted the MPs to stop Okoth's widow, Monica Lavender, from proceeding with the cremation.

    Reports by The Standard highlighted that Ms Ajwang tried to reach an MP from Migori County and another from Kisumu County, in a bid to get their help.