The family of the late Kibra MP Ken Okoth wants the Orange Democratic Movement to endorse one of them as to take the late lawmaker’s place.
The appeal came a day after Okoth’s body was cremated at Kariokor cemetery in Nairobi on Saturday morning.
Okoth’s nephew Elvis Oluoch says that the family is considering sending emissaries to party leader Raila Odinga to endorse Imran Okoth, the former MP’s personal assistant.
Imran oversaw development projects in the slum constituency during the three years the MP was away for medication.
“We want to appeal to Raila to see if he can give one of the family members that opportunity to take care of the next three years,” Oluoch said by phone.
“We have one Imran in mind. He was the personal assistant to Ken and was the one taking care of everything when Ken was sick. So we thought he is the right person to do that because he knew every plan Ken had concerning Kibra.”
Raila, having been the area as MP for over two decades and because Kibra is one of the ODM’s zones in the city, will have the final say on who succeeds Okoth.
Some party stalwarts are also rooting for Secretary General Edwin Sifuna to run for the seat especially after Jubilee promised not to front any candidate.
Should he settle on Imran, the Okoth relative will join a list of politicians to take over the leadership mantle due to family ties.
Imran first caught the public eye when he addressed the media the day his brother died.
We want to inform the nation, the people of Kibra, that the leader they trust, a servant leader, Honourable Ken Okoth, is no more. He passed on a while ago,” Mr Imran had said.
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