UPDATE, Friday August 7, 11.57pm: University of Nairobi senior lecturer Dr Ken Ouko, who succumbed to COVID-19 on August 1, was buried today at his at his rural home in Kamuma, Nyandiwa Village in Oyugis, Homa Bay County.
Renowned sociologist Ken Ouko on Saturday August 1 died of COVID-19 complications.
Until his death, Mr Ouko, was a lecturer at the University of Nairobi.
UON communications director John Orindi revealed that the lecturer died on Saturday at the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi.
His death now brings to five the number of UoN lecturers who have succumbed to COVID-19 since the pandemic struck the country on March 13.
Mr Ouko was a renowned sociologist who specialised in the areas of deviance and family, gerontology and medical sociology.
His social commentaries focused on the family unit.
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha mourned Mr Ouko as one of the most intelligent lecturers in the sociology department.
Prof Magoha added his death demystifies the notion that COVID-19 only affects the elderly.
“He was much younger than me and it is sad that we have lost such a vibrant young man to the virus,” he disclosed on Saturday.
Higher learning institutions are preparing to reopen after an initial September date was pushed forward to January 2021 as many of them, according to Magoha who revealed on Thursday July 30, were not ready.
Kenya on Friday July 31 recorded 723 new cases of COVID-19, raising the country’s tally to 20,636.
Sixteen more patients succumbed to the virus Friday, bringing the total of fatalities from the disease in the country as at Friday to 341, according to Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.