A new feud has ensued among the members of the family of the late Kibra MP, Ken Okoth, as they are divided on how to enlist kin who would acquire his benefits from Parliament.
According to Nation, Parliament is not yet sure of who is entitled to the deceased’s Ksh32 million payment. The amount includes his group life insurance cover and death gratuity.
“They will have to wait for some time since Parliament must first get a letter from the courts indicating the administrator of the late MP’s estate. Yes, the family is entitled to Ksh32 million before tax, but we are not releasing the money now. We have to follow the law, which requires that we have to first get the letter of the administrator of the estate.
“If the family agrees on how to share the money, the name of the administrator must be published in the Kenya Gazette, so that anybody with an issue can come up,” a source that sought anonymity revealed.
Ken Okoth’s brother, Imran Okoth, informed Nation that the matter was private and the family lawyer was best placed to handle it.
“I don’t know why they are telling you the amount and all that. Why would they do that yet these are personal matters?” Imran blasted.
Lawmakers contribute 12.75 per cent of their salary as pension, which is matched by the state. The legislator’s pensionable emoluments include salary, responsibility allowance, constituency allowance, nominated member’s allowance, ex-officio member’s allowance, house allowance, accommodation allowance and sitting allowance.
In July, the family was divided over the deceased’s burial arrangements, as the wife, Monica Okoth, went on to cremate his body, despite outcry from Ken Okoth’s maternal family, led by his mother, Angelina Okoth, who wanted the body buried.
It took the intervention of Suba South MP, John Mbadi, to prevent Ken's mother from burying a banana stem in the place of her son.
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