Raila gives final word on funeral arrangements for Ken Okoth

Raila quiets controversy surrounding Ken Okoth's final rites

ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga gives final word on Kibra MP Ken Okoth funeral arrangements

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga on Wednesday issued a press statement outlining the final rites for the departed Kibra MP Ken Okoth.

The former Prime Minister explained that the arrangements had been made by a committee within the party, some MPs and the family of the late MP.

"After deliberations among the family members jointly with the committee that was put together by the party as follows, one, there's going to be a service today [Wednesday] at the Starehe Boys Centre in memory of the Late Ken Okoth.

"Considering we still have the funeral for Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso, the committee has been very careful to ensure the events to not clash.

"There will be a funeral service tomorrow [Thursday] at Moi Girls Secondary School in Woodley starting at 11am and thereafter there will be a chance to view the body," he explained.

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The ODM party leader further explained that the body of the late MP will be flown to Kasipul Kabondo, Homa Bay County on Saturday for a funeral service before the family performs the final ceremony in private.

"The service on that Saturday will begin at 10am at the Got Rateng’ Secondary School. We urge people to keep time.

"After the service the body will be handed back to the family to be disposed off," he stated.

On the sidelines of the briefing, Mr Odinga clarified: "Ken will be given to the family to do the rest…just like we did with Kenneth Matiba…so the family will do the rest."

The ODM party leader urged for calm during the period of mourning the deceased MP.

There has been contention between the legislator's paternal relatives and his mother over the burial arrangements with his father's kin claiming to have been left out.

Some politicians from the Homa Bay region have also threatened to cause a fracas if the MP is not buried at his mother's rural home.

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