Kenyans rally behind Kibra MP Ken Okoth as he battles cancer

Kenyans rally behind Kibra MP Ken Okoth as he battles cancer

A picture of Kibra MP Ken Okoth with Kenya’s Ambassador to France Judi Wakhungu has drawn a lot of reactions from Kenyans online.

The MP who is undergoing treatment for Stage 4 colon cancer in Paris had paid Ms. Wakhungu a courtesy call at her office.

“He updated us on many issues including his impressive education projects & his plans for increasing them to reach many students. He is also keen to use Sports Diplomacy to expand his students’ horizons,” the envoy said on Twitter.

Mr. Okoth has been in the European nation for about 5 months and often posts messages on his social media pages to keep Kenyans abreast of his progress.

In February this year, the 41-year-old revealed that his initial diagnosis was that he had a bacterial infection after he showed symptoms of ulcers, abdominal pain and weight loss.

Similar to the late Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore’s experience, doctors discovered that he had cancer when it was too late.

He has been through radio and chemotherapy acknowledging that the treatment was too expensive for him both locally and abroad.

It was only through his wife that he managed to get a residence permit and is now managing the disease as it has no cure.

The Kibra MP is behind a bill to decriminalise growth and use of cannabis, also known as marijuana.

On Thursday, Kenyans sent him messages of support saying he is a hero and should soldier on in his fight against cancer.

Below are some of the messages on Twitter:

— ALI HUSSEIN (@ALIUSSEN) July 4, 2019

— Wakariti (@Wakariti1) July 5, 2019

— James Jakadibo (@jakadibo100) July 5, 2019


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