The University of Nairobi (UoN) sociologist and lecturer Ken Ouko has lost his life following Covid-19 complications.
UoN’s communications Director, John Orindi, announced on Saturday the 1st of August 2020.
Ouko was at the Aghakan hospital, where he was admitted and receiving treatment.
Prof Stephen Kiama, the University’s vice-chancellor, mourned the lecturer, further citing his death is a massive loss to the University.
According to Kiama, Covid-19 has claimed four university staff who he mourned as reliable workers. He further added that it was sad seeing the University mentoring brilliant minds only to lose them when the school needs them.
This news come after the country recorded 723 coronavirus cases bringing the total numbers to 20,636. The state also recorded 14 additional deaths bring the total tally to 341 deaths.
The positive cases were from 8,669 test results bringing the total number of tested samples to 303959.
Out of the 723 positive cases, 450 were males, while 273 were females. Seven hundred of the positive cases were Kenyans, while 23 were foreigners.
Netizens mourn Ken Ouko.
Netizens took to Twitter mourning the lecturer making the discussion trend. Among them were politicians Gladys Wanga who mourned Ken Ouko as a brilliant don. She further encouraged Kenyans to protect themselves against the killer coronavirus.
RIP Dr Ken Ouko a brilliant son of Homabay County. Deepest condolences to Mzee Calo Ouko and the family. COVID-19 is real and we must continuously protect ourselves and our loved ones pic.twitter.com/wb1xWCulIK
— Hon Gladys Wanga, CBS (@gladyswanga) August 1, 2020
David Osiany also took Ken Ouko’s deaths a chance to remind Kenyans that Covid-19 kills and Kenyans should stop treating the diseases normally. In CS Mutahi Kagwe’s words, “If you treat this disease normally, it will treat us abnormally.”
That Dr. Ken Ouko of UoN has succumbed to COVID-19 this morning is a chilling reminder that COVID kills. It has plucked one of the very finest. Ken was my lecturer & great friend. Exceptionally brilliant with a great sense of humour. Covid has reaped where it did not sow. Go well pic.twitter.com/L4gjhpZ26Y
— O S I A N Y® 🇰🇪 (@DavidOsiany) August 1, 2020
Celebrity musician Sheila Mwanyyigha also mourned Ouko as a great lecturer. According to her, he helped her with her undergraduate and graduate studies. She further thanked him for being a source of information for her.
From my undergraduate to graduate studies, you were not just a teacher, but a brilliant source of support to all your students! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Mwalimu🙏🏽
Dr. Ken Ouko pic.twitter.com/jYKJcKAUbb
— sheila mwanyigha (@MissMwanyigha) August 1, 2020
A student released Dr. Ouko’s last message to his students through a WhatsApp. According to the netizen, the don suspected he might die of coronavirus. He, however, prayed that in case he does not make it, he shall live in the minds of his students forever.
UoN lecturer Dr Ken Ouko suspected he might die from COVID-19. He was admitted in Agha Khan Hospital & transferred to ICU. The deadly virus had damaged his lungs.
HIS LAST WORDS TO STUDENTS IN WHATSAPP GROUPS⤵️⤵️💔🥺
— MonroseMurugi🇰🇪 (@MonroseMurugi) August 1, 2020
Here are some of the other tweets. You can follow the Twitter discussion here. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
I remember Dr Ken Ouko gave me the first cat in campus. I failed in that sociology cat akaniandikia kuna nuru gizani kama remark😂😂 halafu akanipa cat ingine nifanye. May he rest in peace.
— Jefe (@angwenyi_) August 1, 2020
One wouldn't want to miss his Sociology classes. His lectures at Taifa hall and ED building were lively and interactive. Funny he rarely carried hard copy materials for reference. He did his lectures with his hand in one pocket and the other one on his chin. RIP mwalimu.
— Everlyn IO (@OpiyoEve) August 1, 2020
Rest in eternal peace Dr. Ken Ouko. What a great lecturer you were. Bubbly, articulate and full of wisdom. Can't forget your hillarious remarks on our Sociology CAT papers after failing a CAT …' Kuna nuru gizani' was my best. You were the man. Go well my friend. pic.twitter.com/EEzDJfFF8d
— Cleo Wangombe (@cleopuswangombe) August 1, 2020
— Wanja Douglas🇰🇪 (@wanjadouglas) August 1, 2020
Dr Ken Ouko was undoubtedly the best lecturer I had at The University. His lectures made the otherwise hectic schedule enjoyable. He was good GOOD! We had something to look forward to every week. Losing him to COVID really feels personal.
Rest in power Mwalimu🙏🏾
— The Makodingo® (@makodingo) August 1, 2020
— 𝙔𝙊𝙐𝙍𝙊𝙓𝙔𝙂𝙀𝙉 (@MwanikiCastone) August 1, 2020