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



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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CJ Maraga rejects Senator Malala’s three-goat gift 




Chief Justice David Maraga on Friday turned down Kakamega Senator Cleaophas Malala’s three goat gift citing the Judicial Service Commission code of conduct that bars him from receiving a gift worth more than Sh20,000.

CJ Maraga had graced the Grand opening of the new Kakamega Law Courts building when he was presented with the gift.

“Today on behalf of the people of Kakamega and as the Senator for Kakamega. I want to present to you a symbolic gift that is going to help you achieve this legacy.

“I have three animals here representing three arms of the government. I want to present it to you as a symbolic gift representing unity among the the three arms of the government.” said Senator Malala

The CJ who instead handed the goats to Kakamega law courts users’ committee chairman Sylvester Mambiri also sited Malala’s ongoing court case.

“If am not wrong, the senator has donated a gift to me but he has put me in trouble because I think he has a case in court, secondly under the Judiciary code of conduct I am not allowed to take a gift which is more than 20,000 shillings and this goats look like they are more than 30,000.” the CJ said

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During the event, the CJ steered clear of the controversy over his advisory to President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve Parliament for failure to legislate on the two-thirds gender rule.

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ODM MP suspended for attending Ruto’s meeting




Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has suspended Kilifi North Member of Parliament Owen Baya days after he attended Deputy President William Ruto’s meeting.

The MP was accused of switched alliances and teaming up with DP William Ruto and the party had resolved to take action on the MP over what they called “recent political alignments.”

In a statement through the Party’s Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna, the party announced that the National Executive Committee (NEC) had also decided to suspend Baya from his position as the Deputy Organizing Secretary.

The party explained that the decision was made after his recent move which has cast doubt on his commitment to this party and its objectives.

“Cognizant of the central role that the party’s NEC plays in the management of the party and the need to maintain the probity of its deliberations the NEC resolved to suspend MP Owen Baya from membership of this critical organ and from his position as the Deputy Organizing Secretary given his recent public utterances and conduct that have cast doubt on his commitment to this party and its objectives,” read a statement from the party.

On Wednesday, Baya was part of a delegation of Coast MPs that escorted Feisal Abdallah Bader, an aspirant for the Msambweni parliamentary seat, to meet Deputy President William Ruto at his Karen office.

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Atwoli intensifies fight with DP Ruto over hustler tag




The Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary-General Francis Atwoli has once again put Deputy President William Ruto on blast for using the ‘hustler’ tag.

Speaking during a press conference, the Atwoli stated that the tag hustler had a negative meaning which translates to someone who uses mischievous ways to get wealth.

He added that all Kenyans are yearning for is an organized system of government that could provide employment and not creating hustlers.

He pointed out that William Ruto was not poor as he makes his supporters believe and he is just using them to climb to the top. He disclosed that William Ruto owns choppers, mansions, and every space in the country.

Atwoli went on to call out the DP for the donations he has been giving out to the youths and women stating that they were just peanuts compared to the amount of wealth he has amassed over the years.

“The person telling you about being a hustler owns five choppers, a mansion and owns every empty space in the republic of Kenya. You are calling yourself a hustler and yet you are not. Even God cannot allow. Then you go to the church to cheat about being a hustler,” he said.

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A few days ago, Atwoli blasted William Ruto for using the tag while asking Kenyans to reject him stating that no one should allow themselves to be called a hustler. He claimed that hustlers are thieves.

Atwoli who claimed that he would disown his children if they referred themselves as hustlers stated that people should go to school, get an education and get jobs in reputable companies instead of hustling.

“You then become a branch manager of Kenya Breweries, get a house allowance, a car loan, and have a nice house. You are not hustlers. We cannot have a nation of hustlers because it is a man eats man society,” Atwoli said.

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