Migori Senator Ben Okello is dead after a long battle with throat cancer at MP Shah Hospital in Nairobi on Monday night.
According to The Star the senator has been treated in different places including India but sadly he lost the battle. His body was taken to Lee Funeral Home.
Richard Solo, who is former North Kamagambo MCA and the manager of Okello’s office, said the Senator will be missed as he was a dedicated leader.
Okello, a former radio journalist, surprised his opponents when he won the August 8, 2017 election as he had not been campaigning actively.While receiving his certificate from the IEBC at Migori TTC, he jokingly said:
“I congratulate my worthy opponents … as you can see I have lost weight.”
He succeeded Wilfred Machage who opted to vie for the Kuria West parliamentary post.
Okello’s victory was attributed in part to his popularity as Ramogi FM morning show presenter and his closeness to Governor Okoth Obado.
When he spoke to the Star on March 1 while receiving treatment in India, he said he was doing well and that he was still performing his duties.
Okello asked residents to work closely with their leaders to ensure development after the heated elections season.
“Despite being sick, he continued to manage his office and often sent leaders to represent him at major social functions,” Solo said.
“He skipped the rally in Homa Bay because he had sought treatment in India. He went there for the second time before going to MP Shah,” Solo said.
This comes almost a week after Nyamira governor John Nyangarama also lost his son to acute menengitis which he had been battling for a while.
Nyangarama is still receiving treatment himself leaving his official duties at the hands of his deputy governor Amos Nyaribo.
May the senator rest in peace.