Cancer warriors: Prominent Kenyans diagnosed with cancer (List)

Cancer cases have been on the increase in Kenya,the sad fact being that it affects people of all social standings and all ages leaving families in anguish.

Below are prominent Kenyans whom you might not know are battling cancer

1 .Chris Kirubi

City tycoon Chris Kirubi recently joined millions in encouraging those battling with different types of cancer and he tweeted:

“I look forward to a day when this world will be cancer free, Lets beat cancer together”

Kirubi has been battling acute cancer of the colon. He is still under medication even as he fights to regain back his good health.


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2. Bob Collymore

Speaking during a television interview with Jeff Koinange, Collymore divulged that by the time it was diagnosed, doctors told him he had it for 6 months.

“I went to London and they told me I had acute myeloid leukaemia- a rare kind of blood cancer that is curable.”


Bob Collymore

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3. Kenneth Okoth

Kibra MP Kenneth recently opened up about his battle with stage four cancer,The admission came as a shock to many even as millions took their time to wish him good health.

God cannot give you a test that you can’t pass. This I have learnt over the last two years of being sick and adjusting to a “new normal” in my personal and public life,” Okoth said on his facebook wall.

Ken Okoth

4.Nderitu Gachagua

Former Nyeri governor the late Nderitu Gachagua was battling Pancreatic cancer before losing his life while receiving treatment at Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

5. Big Kev

Kevin Ombajo the CEO of Trublaq and former Capital FM employee had been battling brain cancer which left him in and out of hospitals.

Sadly he lost the battle  almost 2 years ago but before his untimely death he had under gone more than 10 surgeries with the last on e leaving him blind .

He was diagnosed with optic atrophy a condition that leaves its sufferers blind after the optic nerves dry up.

Big Kev

6. Anyang Nyongo

In an article dubbed ‘My journey with Prostrate Cancer’, Nyongo narrated how the diagnosis came about adding that receiving the news was not easy.

“In June, last year (2010), although I was not due for my annual medical examination until July 29 that year, I decided to have the check-up a month in advance, as I was not comfortable with the constant rise of the PSA.

The result of the medical exam revealed that the PSA was still rising; hence possibilities of cancer could no longer be ruled out. The doctor ordered a biopsy, which revealed prostate cancer that was rather aggressive in its progression.”

Lupita and Anyang Nyongo

He adds

“The news was, no doubt, not very easy to take. My urologist decided to put me immediately on hormone therapy. This is an injection that drastically reduces the production of testosterone, a male hormone, which acts as a fertilizer for the prostate cancer cells.

When testosterone is removed or drastically reduced, the cancer cells go into shock, and some of them actually die. Hormone therapy is therefore a good emergency measure to stop the growth of the cancer while a more lasting solution is being sought.”

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MP Ken Okoth opens up about battle with Cancer

Kibra MP Ken Okoth has revealed that he is suffering from Colorectal stage 4 cancer, adding that he can only manage it given that it was discovered too late.

Okoth had abdominal pain and weight loss.  For over a year, he was treated for ulcers and bacterial infection. He was also put on drugs to manage stress.

“God cannot give you a test that you can’t pass. This I have learnt over the last two years of being sick and adjusting to a “new normal” in my personal and public life,” Okoth said on his facebook wall.

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Ken Okoth

He was responding to those who wished him well.

Mwaniki Ng’ang’a asked Kenyans to spare him eulogies.

“Okoth said he had stage 4 cancer. He is still alive though. So, spare him the eulogies and urge him on to live. The man needs encouragement not pity,” he said.

John Ogutu: Good morning Lord Thank you for this new day. Help Ken Okoth to remember that nothing is going to happen to him today and forever, there is nothing that you and him together cannot handle!

Simon Wachira: Ken Okoth has been the standard-bearer of causes. He stands for real issues. He stands for Wanjiku. He’s highly respected and a sober performer. Now, we read, he’s been silently battling an incurable disease. It is crippling sad. So sad, at his age. I. feel. for. him. God, this is truly our voice. He’s truly ours. Heal him Jehovah.

While Kyrgitt Kalya said, this is so sad. Can’t wrap my mind around how cancer has ravaged this nation. Ken Okoth is one great leader.

Kibra MP Ken Okoth

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Juliet Mkenya: My favorite MP. Sad to hear this. May the almighty God bless you with good health.

Jerry Jared Okeno: Last time I checked, almost 65 MPs were treating cancer in India, they add allowances to themselves every day instead of advocating for cancer centers in Kenya and its management…Ken Okoth is very strong and he will surely overcome this…

Prince Khedira: Cancer is cruel; it targets the most productive individuals in the society. Insha Allah he will overcome this.

Micheal Okang’a: Sorry to learn about your condition! Doctors treat but God heals. Have faith in Him…we still need you around to set the best examples to other MPs.

Moziah Markos: I now understand why he has been pushing for legalisation of marijuana. Advanced economies have been using it for cancer treatment. He is one of the best MPs whose development record is unmatched.

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Chipukeezy schools Kibra MP over his plan to introduce bill legalizing marijuana

Comedian and TV host, Chipukeezy is among the number of youths who are not really pleased by Kibra MP Kenneth Okoth.

On Friday, Honorable Okoth made news when he drafted a bill and presented it to the speaker for discussion in parliament. The bill was basically asking the government to make marijuana legal and he was asking for those imprisoned for possession to be released.

This did not auger well with NACADA Director Chipukeezy. After the news got to him, he took to social media with a message to Kenneth Okoth.

Chipukeezy, who also doubles up as an entertainer, says the reason why crime is rampant in Kibra is because of the misuse of Marijuana by residents.

He wrote:

The bill that Kibra Mp Hon Ken Okoth is sponsoring on marijuana is not in good faith and is ill-advised. He is in a better position to know that marijuana is one of key reasons crime is rampant in his constituency. We have not exhausted ways of empowering the communities and more so the youths for us to jump into this ‘legalize marijuana’ craze happening around the world. Empowerment Avenues like sports, arts and media, Entrepreneurship etc have not yet been exploited enough. He should put this energy into seeing to it that young people and women derive maximum benefits from AGPO, youth fund, affirmative action etc.

Vincent Muasya
Director Nacada

This discussion will bring up a huge discussion because the ratio of those who are with Chipukeezy and those who are with Kenneth is almost  50/50.

All Chipukeezy is doing, is nothing but his job as per his job description.