In Summary
  • Photos shared on social media also show Jayden meeting with Ken’s mother, Ms Angeline Ajwang, at an undisclosed location.
  • Anne went to court seeking to have the burial of her secret lover stopped until the controversy surrounding Jayden’s paternity is resolved.

Ken Okoth was always an ambitious young man.

From his roots in Kibra, he dreamt big, studied hard and attended some of the best schools locally and top-league universities abroad.

And then, in 2013, a fire lit up in his belly. He wanted to be the Member of Parliament for Kibra, which he had served in various ways as a community mobiliser.

At around the same time, a young woman named Anne Muthoni Thumbi was taking her nursing steps at Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi.

She was in her early 20s when she first met the towering Okoth at the hospital.

DATING

Ken, then a bubbly 33-year-old man, was instantly smitten. He approached Anne and asked her out. She agreed, attracted by his lanky physique, dark skin tone and raucous laugh.

“He was a good man,” she told the Nation on Thursday in the first interview since the saga surrounding the paternity of a child she claims she bore with the MP broke. “So loving and always positive about life.”

The two started meeting often, and the fire in the soon-to-be Kibra MP burnt bright.

As the political campaigns heated up, Ken asked Anne to lead his team. Every morning the two would meet in Kibra to strategise, then spend the day knocking on doors and addressing small barazas (meetings).

Friends who worked with them described the two as more of lovebirds than political strategists.

BABY BOY

Even as they campaigned in the trenches of Kibra, they dreamt of a life together, drawn to each other by the shared ambition during the day and the powerful tom-toms of their hearts later on in the evening.

Ken won the seat in March 2013, but the victory was not enough for him, and so he used his political connections to have Anne nominated as a member of the Nairobi County Assembly.

From then on, the love affair between the two politicians blossomed, says Anne.

Two years later, in 2015, the couple was blessed with a baby boy. Anne said Ken immediately assumed the fatherly role and “was always there” for them. They named the little boy Jayden Baraka Okoth.

“Ken was elated,” said Robert Sidhe, a friend of the couple.

Soon afterwards, Ken visited Anne’s parents in Nyeri, where he introduced himself as Anne’s lover.

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