The late Interior Cabinet secretary Joseph Nkaissery succumbed to acute heart attack that compromised blood flow to his heart, autopsy findings conducted yesterday revealed. Family pathologists Dr Bessie Byakika also said they have no evidence of possible foul play but said further tests will be conducted.
“We have conducted thorough and conclusive process and found the late suffered sudden onset fatal heart attack that severely blocked blood pass to the heart,” she said.
Dr Charles Kariuki, a cardiologist and family doctor, said “acute fatal heart attack” has many causes but not limited to specific instances. Also, multiple sources intimated that the former minister had ruptured cardiac arteries.
Nkaissery’s family spokesperson Saitoti ole Maika urged Kenyans to accord peace to the family as they come to terms with the loss. The exercise was undertaken by Chief Government pathologist Johansen Oduor and Director of Medical Services Jackson Kioko.
Two family pathologists Byakika and Dr Andrew Gachie, family doctor Kariuki, family lawyer Mayian Sankale and a family member Dolong Joshua were also present.
The autopsy results came hours after the organising committee preparing Nkaissery’s official funeral programme said he will be buried on Saturday at his home in Ilbisil, Kajiado county.
Saitoti added that Hellen Nkaiserry, widow of the fallen CS was discharged from hospital. “ We continue to pray for God’s grace and fortitude as she mourns her beloved husband,” Saitoti added.
The committee, led by Health Cabinet secretary Cleopa Mailu, yesterday announced a memorial service will be held at Nairobi Baptist Church on Ngong Road on Thursday.
Mailu said a condolence book will be available from tomorrow at Harambee House, KICC, the Nairobi Baptist Church and all 47 county headquarters.
The service is scheduled to begin at 9.30am and will be open to the public. The committee includes members of the Nkaissery family and government officials.