It has now emerged that Angelina Okoth, Ken Okoth’s mother was left out in the 3am cremation of her son at Kariokor in Nairobi County.
According to Okoth’s mother Angeline Okoth, Evans Oluoch Okoth’s nephew and other family members, there were shocked by cremation news.
They were speaking to Citizen at the Lee Funeral Home where they argued that they were left out in an alleged Friday night meeting that ended with the final internment.
“The family did not meet, if the family met, then Ken’s mum would have been there,” said a seemingly irate Oluoch.
“We only woke up to news that Ken has been cremated. Ken’s mum was fully opposed to his cremation and wanted the body to be buried next to her house,” he added.
Oluoch further denied claims that Ken had wished to be cremated saying that if it were so, the mother would have known.
Reports indicate that Okoth’s mother was up until late friday evening inisting Okoth should be buried at her rural home at Kabondo Kasipul.
According to Oluoch, their last meeting had resolved that ODM leader Raila Odinga was going to provide a chopper that would transport the body of the late Okoth on Saturday to Kabondo Kasipul for a funeral service at Rateng’ Secondary School at 10am and burial thereafter.
The late Okoth’s nephew further denied claims that Ken had wished to be cremated according to his will adding that if indeed that was true, Ken’s mother would have knowledge of the same.
Nairobi MCA Anne Thumbi and her son were also left and did not oversee the process as earlier agreed.
Oluoch further revealed that everybody in the family including Ken’s mother and Monica Okoth, his wife knew about the child.
“As a family we knew about Ken’s son and anybody in the family who will say otherwise will be telling a big lie. The family knew very well about Ken’s son even Monica knew about this child so taking DNA samples was just a waste of time since Ken was in full support of his child,” said Oluoch.
Oluoch apologized to the country on behalf of Okoth’s mother for the recent push and pull that caused Thumbi to move to court seeking to be included in the burial plans.
“Ken’s mum was confused and was pressurized to say things that were not true and she is very sorry for what happened. She really loves her grandson and we really support her coming out to say that Ken had a son,” said Oluoch.
” I am calling upon Anne Thumbi to bring Ken’s son to Okoth’s mother can embrace her as her grand child. He is our own and our blood and we fully support her”.
The late Kibra legislator funeral arrangement have been met with disputes from various camps with Monica Okoth insisting he be cremated while Okoth’s mother wanted to bury her son.
Reports indicate that the body of Okoth left the Lee Funeral Home at about 1am for the crematorium.
In a statement to newsrooms on Saturday morning, ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna said that the late Okoth was cremated in the presence of his family in accordance to his wishes.
“This is to let you know that Hon. Okoth’s remains have been cremated this morning in accordance with his wishes and in the presence of his family. I thank all of you for the support and patience in the course of this journey. May he Rest in peace,”.