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LIVE TV: A date with destiny? How Nkaissery collapsed in his house – Tracing the last moments

LIVE TV: A date with destiny? How Nkaissery collapsed in his house – Tracing the last moments

LIVE TV: A date with destiny? How Nkaissery collapsed in his house – Tracing the last moments
July 08
10:59 2017

As the country mourns the sudden death of Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, the Nation has traced some of his last moments.

Here is the timeline:

  • Friday 8.30am: CS Nkaissery goes to the Kasarani Gymnasium, Nairobi, the venue of the IAAF World Under-18 Championships from Wednesday.

Here, he whipped section heads into action and issued ultimatums for job completion all over the place.

  • Friday 1pm: Nkaissery attends the National Prayer Rally at the Uhuru Park, together with President Uhuru Kenyatta, Third Way Alliance Presidential Candidates Ekuru Aukot and Michael Wainaina, an independent candidate.
  • Friday 3.20pm: The CS leaves Uhuru Park after the end of the prayer rally and heads to his office at Harambee House, Nairobi.

Here, he holds a security meeting and works for some hours before leaving.

  • Friday 8.30pm: President Kenyatta holds a talk with the CS over peace and security during the election period.

According to Mr Kenyatta, they also discussed the IAAF championships slated for Wednesday. The call ended at 9.30pm, according to the president.

  • Friday 10pm: Nkaissery arrives at his Hardy home in Karen, Nairobi, and heads to his private gym before retiring to bed.
  • Saturday 1am: The CS wakes up and complains of a sharp chest pain before collapsing in his house.
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His driver and family members rush him to the Karen Hospital which is just a few Kilometres from his house.

  • Saturday 1.45am: Doctors at the Karen Hospital declare Rtd Maj General Nkaissery dead and notify his family.

The cause of death was still not clear by the time of publishing this article.

  • Saturday 3.45am: Chief of Staff and Head of the Public Service Joseph Kinyua shares a statement confirming the death of the Cabinet Secretary.

In the statement, Mr Kinyua says the CS died at Karen Hospital in Nairobi a few hours after being admitted for a check-up. He does not divulge the cause of the minister’s death.

  • Saturday 5am: The body of the CS is taken to the Lee Funeral Home for preservation.

Many leaders and family members later arrive to view his body on Saturday morning.


Moments after the news of the death of Interior Cabinet Secretary broke, a telling photo started doing rounds on social media.

The photo of Retired General (Retired) Joseph Nkaissery and his predecessor George Saitoti, taken by former Nation photojournalist Hezron Njoroge on March 6, 2011, trended on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp groups for the better part of Saturday morning.


In the image taken at PCEA Church in Rongai, both Saitoti and Nkaissery are looking at their watches, as if they were scheduling or waiting for an important appointment.

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The photo left Kenyans online guessing on what the two former ministers, former Kajiado MPs and Maasai elders were planning.

Many drew what they termed as “coincidences” that brought together their sudden deaths.

Both Saitoti and Nkaissery served in the powerful ministry in charge of internal security.

Under Saitoti’s time, the ministry was called Internal Security and Provincial Administration before it was renamed Interior and Coordination of National Government under the Jubilee administration.


What also attracted the curiosity of Kenyans on Twitter is that both leaders died few months to their 67th birthdays.

Saitoti, who was born on August 3, 1945, died on June 10, 2012, on a Sunday morning after the chopper he was traveling in together with his assistant minister, Orwa Ojode, crashed in Ngong Forest.

Nkaissery was born on November 28, 1949 and died on July 7, 2017 at Karen Hospital.

“So sad. Both died same age, during an election period and both served as CS for internal security as their last careers. Is it a coincidence?” posed a Twitter user.

Whereas Nkaissery died within a month to an election, Saitoti died nine months to March 4, 2013 polls.

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