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Ken Okoth’s funeral itinerary released

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A committee organizing the funeral arrangement of the late Kibra lawmaker Ken Okoth has released a farewell programme to guide the itinerary leading to his final send off.

The late Okoth succumbed to late-diagnosed colorectal cancer on Friday last week at the Nairobi Hospital.

The committee, led by former Ndhiwa MP Agostinho Neto, said that there will be a public viewing of the body on Wednesday at the Lee Funeral Home before a memorial service is carried out by Starehe Community between 2pm and 4pm.

Then on Thursday, the body will be taken to Moi Girls in Kibra, Nairobi for public viewing between 10am and 4pm.

“This is where the late Ken had his last public meeting and we saw it fit to have the public and the people he represented to have the chance to view his body,” said Mr Neto on Tuesday night at Silver Springs Hotel in Nairobi.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENT

Then on Friday, the civil society, where the late lawmaker has been hailed as a champion for education and human rights, will hold a commemoration between 2pm and 6pm at the University of Nairobi.

The body will then be airlifted to his maternal grandparents’ home at Got Rateng Primary School in Kabondo Kasipul, Homa Bay County on Saturday for a funeral service.

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However, the funeral arrangement Committee consisting of Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja, Kabondo Kasipul MP Dr Eve Obara, Seme MP Dr James Nyikal, Westlands lawmaker Tim Wanyonyi and his Kamukunji counterpart Yusuf Hassan, did not clearly reveal whether he will be interred in Kabondo or he will be lifted back to Nairobi for cremation.

CREMATION OR BURIAL

There has been a tussle on whether the second-term MP is to be cremated or buried and where the latter will take place between his late father’s home in Kochia, Rangwe Constituency or in Kasewe, Kabondo Kasipul.

The paternal family of the late MP on Tuesday claimed that they have been kept in the dark over his burial plans with the family hailing from Kanyachir Amocho village, Kochia, Rangwe sub-county saying it has not been involved in the funeral arrangements.

The family spokesperson Raymond Mbai said they would wish that the deceased be buried at the ancestral home of his late father in Kochia, Homa Bay County arguing it would be in accordance with Luo traditions.

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Decomposing bodies of a couple that has been missing for more than a week were found in their house in Laini centre off the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, yesterday.

A foul smell emanating from the house of the 72-year-old-man and his wife, 62, led to their recovery. Police have launched investigations into the incident.

There were conflicting reports about the deaths with some claiming that the two were murdered while others suspected that they could have died of carbon monoxide emitted from a jiko.

Police declined to give names of the deceased until the next of kin are informed. Emotions ran high as locals viewed the bodies.

A village elder, Moses Mwathi, revealed that the couple was working in a quarry before they went missing.

Mwathi said neighbours thought that they had travelled to their rural home but got concerned after a foul smell started emanating from their house.

“On checking they noticed that the house was locked from inside and the bodies could be seen lying on their bed,” he said.

Police gained access into the house after breaking the door. The bodies were taken to the mortuary

Naivasha OCPD Samuel Waweru said initial investigations pointed to carbon monoxide poisoning from a jiko.

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“We can’t, however, rule out murder at this moment and only a post-mortem examination will establish the real cause of the death,” said the police boss.

And in the nearby Kinungi village, a 35-year-old farmworker committed suicide by hanging himself in a house.

The body was found by his employer before police were called in. Jim Kimani, a friend to the deceased, said he was in low spirits over debts.

“He claimed that some people he owed money were harassing him but we never thought that he would commit suicide,” Kimani said.

by Standardmedia.co.ke


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I left Twitter because people insulted me a lot:Uhuru

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

President Uhuru Kenyatta has said Kenyans on Twitter were too hostile to him that is why he left.

Speaking during the launch of the the drive for the signatures for the Building Bridges Initiative, President Uhuru Kenyatta said he would spend so much time on Twitter, going through what people were saying and all he would see were abuses which would get to him.

He said he has been listening to people and talks to them before making decisions, but going to Twitter to see what people were saying was not a pleasant experience for him. He now says he would rather spend time with his wife in the evening before sleeping and wake up to go to work.

Mimi hata huko Twitter, mimi niliondoka huko, nikaona hio kitu ni bure ni matusi tu, unakaa hapo unasoma, haulali, halafu unapiga simu, unaona vile huyo mtu amenitusi, afadhali nilale bana, nipige story na mama kidogo hapo, nilale, niamke, niende kazi, dunia iendelee,” he said.

Uhuru left Twitter in 2018 . He was most followed leader in Sub-Saharan Africa on Twitter with more than three million followers.


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