Kibra MP Hon. Kenneth Okoth is among several ODM/CORD Â leaders who have visited former prime minister Raila Odinga in his campus residence at Boston University, Massachusetts.
Okoth, a first time MP for Kibra constituency – hived off from the former Lang’ata constituency – arrived in the US alongside Mama Ida Odinga, wife to the PM.
“Raila remains keenly updated on political developments in Kenya and concerned about the welfare of our citizens in a time of terrorism, insecurity, high cost of living and death by illicit brews,” revealed the MP on a Facebook post.
While in the US, the legislator, who represents one of the poorest urban constituencies in Kenya, will receive theÂ Â Sol Feinstone Humanitarian Award for his work in empowerment of children through education.
“The award is a great recognition that will encourage me to continue the work I believe in that education is the key to break generational cycles of poverty. As MP of Kibra [constituency], I will advocate for investment of county and national government resources in our schools. We need more teachers, classrooms, and learning materials. Our children must not be left behind as the rest of the country goes for vision 2030,” said Okoth.
The award is given to alumni of St. Lawrence University in New York whose service to mankind has eased pain and lifted the status of oppressed people. Okoth studied at St. Lawrence University.
In 2006, Hon. Okoth founded the Children of Kibera Foundation providing programs such as scholarships to national and provincial secondary schools, nine computer labs to schools through the KiberaOnline initiative, mentorship and an annual Kibera Performing Arts Festival for thousands of students in the local primary and secondary schools.
The MP, a first time legislature in the Kenyan national assembly, will be among rare African leaders to join the exclusive club of emerging democratic voices in the continent to address an academic gathering at Harvard University. Hon. Okoth is expected to deliver aÂ Â public lecture at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government on “The local politics of international development – A parliamentarian’s perspective.”
Last month, Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho and Senator Hassan Omar visited the CORD leader. Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo has also visited the former premier.