It has been a year since former Kibra MP Ken Okoth passed away after a long battle with colorectal cancer.
On July 26, 2019, Okoth breathed his last at the Nairobi Hospital.
Grandpa Records CEO and founder has paid a moving tribute in loving memory of the late MP.
Read the tribute below.
“The late Ken was born in Kibra’s Kisumu Ndogo in 1978. We became friends with the late through the social media in early 2010, and was so passionate about transforming his motherland, Kibra. It was at that time that he was planning to come back home.
WHEN HE RELOCATED BACK, WE FREQUENTLY INTERACTED, AND HE BECAME CLOSE TO ME LIKE A BROTHER. EACH TIME I POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA ABOUT CHARITY OR ANY COMMUNITY PROGRAM,HE ALWAYS CALLED AND ASKED TO JOIN, AND WE MANAGED TO CARRY OUT SEVERAL COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES TOGETHER, ALONGSIDE MY OTHER FRIENDS, THE LIKES OF CHARLES NJAGUA AND WILLY M TUVA AMONG OTHERS.
The late was always a phone call away, even in the middle of the night whenever there was need -He made “Uheshimiwa” so normal; Didn’t use big cars, and at no time had he ever potrayed himself as more important, and Whenever he met a talented artist he always directed them to Grandpa Records for assistance.
HE FREQUENTED OUR GRANDPA STUDIOS, LOCATED AT THE TIME IN KIBRA PLAZA, FOR FRIENDLY TALKS. KIBRA OVERALL COMMUNITY AFFAIRS WAS SOMETHING HE NEVER MISSED IN ANY OF HIS CONVERSATIONS. DURING THE 2013 ELECTIONS ,I MANAGED TO SECURE A CONTRACT TO DO A CUSTOMIZED FIMBO CHAPA CAMPAIGN SONG FOR THE MOMBASA GUBERNATORIAL ASPIRANT HON. ALI HASSAN JOHO.
Ken liked, the song and asked me to do one for him; from the established good relationship we had developed with him,and also the record company,we made him the song as part Of our contribution towards his campaign. He was running against seasoned political heavy weights, and also considering the Kibra political dynamics -Ken managed to emerge the winner.
AFTER THE RESULTS WERE ANNOUNCED, SOME FEW MEDIA HOUSES TRIED TO PROPAGATE THAT, HON.NDURU WARUINGE HAD WON; KEN CALLED ME, AND I MANAGED TO CONTACT VARIOUS MEDIA HOUSE EDITORS, AND MANAGERS AND THAT WAS RECTIFIED.
Besides being a member of Parliament, Ken never changed his attitude but carried out everything like he used to. Later on when Grandpa records was moving its offices to Olympic,i invited him to grace the occasion as chief guest, together with Gor Semelango; Out of humility,he attended, and during the event, invited Gor Semelango who was in attendance, and asked him to be the chief guest.
OUR FRIENDSHIP CONTINUED, AND THERE WAS THE TIME I DIRECTED MY STAFF, TO QUICKLY ASSIST WHOEVER KEN REFERRED FOR ASSISTANCE FOR MUSIC PRODUCTION.
In 2018, when he traveled to France for treatment,we were always in contact. when I lost my father inlaw , at the time he managed to send his brother, the current mp Hon.imran Okoth to represent him during the burial, in Ngong.
THE LATE, WAS SO DEVOTED TO ISSUES OF EMPOWERMENT FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND WOMEN. KEN WAS A TEACHER, COACH, MENTOR, DIRECTOR, AND PROFESSOR AT VARIOUS INSTITUTIONS INCLUDING THE POTOMAC SCHOOL, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, THE UNIVERSITY OF DAR ES SALAAM, AND THE CHILDREN OF KIBERA FOUNDATION.
Later, on in July 2019 when the late, was flown back to the country , and his health detiorated, I planned to visit him but unfortunately that never came to pass. That Friday evening when the family made the announcement concerning his death, that was a dark day to me , to Kibra community, and to the nation at large.
FROM A LIFE WELL LIVED, AND THE MANY PEOPLE HE TRANSFORMED, THE LATE IS A HERO TO ME -A HERO REMEMBERED, NEVER DIES,,,LEGENDS NEVER DIE IN OUR DREAMS, BECAUSE THEY WILL ALWAYS LIVE WITHIN OUR HEARTS, REST IN PEACE BROTHER, HON. KEN ODHIAMBO OKOTH.”