Anthony Mwangi and Christine Musa @PeopleDailyKe
Detectives are working on all angles and leaving nothing to chance as they seek to unravel the cause of former Interior Cabinet secretary Joseph Nkaissery’s death.
Several people, including a security consultant who was with Nkaissery, have recorded statements with the police as sleuths from the the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headed by Nairobi DCI boss Nicholas Kamwende pieced together every detail of his final hours.
Sources familiar with the probe intimated that Nkaissery’s office staff, attendants of the Bomas of Kenya VIP lounge where the minister visited before he went home and security consultant Francis Mugambi, who was a close friend of the CS, were among those who have recorded statements.
“Police are not ruling out anything, all possible causes of his death are being explored including natural and unnatural causes,” said the source. The autopsy on the minister’s body to establish the cause of his death is scheduled for 10am today at Lee Funeral Parlour.
The details emerged even as Nkaissery’s family and leaders from Kajiado county cautioned against “careless speculation “ on the cause of his death. His Karen home and Bomas of Kenya yesterday remained cordoned off to the public as they are still considered scenes of investigation.
CCTV footage from both scenes would also be reviewed. Meanwhile, the government yesterday appointed Health Cabinet secretary Cleopha Mailu to chair his funeral committee. The committee will work with the family and Chief of Staff Joseph Kinyua.
The family, led my National Transport and Safety Authority Chairman Francis Meja, held a meeting at Nkaisserys’ Il-Bisil home in Kajiado. Kinyua said the family had also appointed Saitoti Ole Maika as its spokesperson.
“The terms of reference for the Committee will be to provide all possible assistance to the family of our departed colleague and to ensure that the late Cabinet Secretary receives an honourable and dignified send-off befitting his status as a gallant and true patriot,” read the statement issued by Kinyua.
The Chief of Staff said starting today there will be regular public updates jointly by the family and government spokespersons. In the meeting held at Nkaissery’s rural home and attended by clerics, Kajiado political leaders from across the political divide eulogised Nkaissery as a father figure to the Maa unity.
Meja, who spoke on behalf of those in attendance, said it was unfortunate that some people on social media were spreading unfound speculations over the death. “We are here to eulogise Nkaissery as a community and pray together with the family.
I urge Kenyans to detest from fueling animosity and creating rumours. It is wrong to write propaganda on social media,’’ he said. Kajiado South MP Katoo Ole Metito who spoke on behalf of politicians said the minister’s death should unite the Maasai community.
“Nkaissery has been a role model and mentor to all of us and we ought to pay respect to him as we bid him farewell,’’ said Metito. Agriculture Principal Secretary Richard Lesiampe eulogised the CS as a no-nonsense leader who united the Maasai community.
He said his sudden death is a big blow to the community after the death of William Ole Ntimama and John Keen last year. The funeral date will be announced after the committee commences formal sittings.