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Inside Prof Ogutu’s family drama over autopsy

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There was drama at the Bondo sub-county hospital mortuary on Monday evening before a post-mortem was done on the body of Prof Gilbert Ogutu Achieng as his family members engaged in a scuffle.

The tension between Prof Ogutu’s relatives and his second wife Imelda Ogutu and her son Timothy Ogutu almost turned physical.

The confrontation at the mortuary at 7pm ended up delaying the process by almost half an hour.

When the procedure was finally done, government pathologist Dr Dickson Muchama said the autopsy results would be released in three weeks.

However, this did little to placate the situation between family members. More drama could be in the offing after the second wife said she will file a police report in a bid to have the relatives who caused the commotion ahead of the autopsy arrested.

“I have talked to the police who were present during the confrontation at the mortuary and I will make a report at the Bondo police station and record a statement over the same. I want them arrested,” she said.

Trouble began when the pathologist arrived a few minutes to 7pm and called the widow and the investigating officer for a meeting.

Prof Ogutu’s relatives, led by Mr Kennedy Oduor, confronted the pathologist and Ogutu’s wife, accusing them of sidelining the university lecturer’s two daughters from his first wife.

“We are reading malice in this whole thing and we demand inclusivity in the process because we suspect foul play in the professor’s death,” he said

The family had been waiting for the pathologist since 3pm.

The long wait added to the suspicion and tension between the two sides of the family.

The process later kicked off after the pathologist allowed the two daughters, identified as Rachel Ogutu and Esther Ogutu, to be present during the process.

“This is now a government process because of the sudden and unclear circumstances under which the professor died. We are here so that everything is done professionally,” the pathologist said before embarking on the autopsy that began some minutes past 7pm and went on until 10pm on Monday night.

Dr Muchama, while briefing journalists after the procedure, said he had done an extensive autopsy but his findings were inconclusive.

“I am still working closely with the police. I want them to provide some additional information. I will do further histology tests on the tissue samples so that I can have a final report which will be handed over to the police,” he said.

He said there was crucial information that he needs to obtain from the police investigating the matter before releasing the final report to the family in three weeks’ time.

He said there was ”nothing much” by way of observation of the body and that is why further tests were necessary.

After the autopsy, the body was moved to the Aga Khan Hospital mortuary in Kisumu to await burial arrangements. The family, according to close relatives, was to begin burial preparation meetings from Tuesday.

Prof Ogutu’s body was found in a kneeling position on Sunday morning by a worker with a piece of cloth tied to his neck and one end tied to the window in his bedroom in what police said was suspected suicide.

His wife said the family was shocked by the death of the 78-year-old professor. She said they had spent time together on Saturday evening.

According to her, the university don was fine at the time. They had travelled together to their Wambasa Village home on Friday.

“I left him relaxing on Saturday at around 7 pm and drove back to Kisumu … I was shocked to receive a phone call from our long-serving domestic staff that he was dead,” she said.

According to the widow, the professor had been ailing and was admitted on and off at various hospitals in Nairobi last year.

In November last year, for instance, Prof Ogutu was admitted for three weeks at the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi.

He was battling diabetes and was discharged later but went on to have dialysis sessions which were done by Prof George Were.

He would also go for treatment of kidney issues at the university clinic, according to his wife.

According to the wife, Prof Ogutu had one of his kidneys removed in 2016.

She said the don did not leave behind any note.

Prof Ogutu, who once served as the secretary-general of the Luo Council of Elders, was an Associate Professor of Church History at the University of Nairobi.

The sub-county police boss told the Nation that the worker found the don’s body hanging by the window at around 9 am on Sunday.

According to the Chief of Central Yimbo Location, Mr Gordon Opundo, he had a leso tied around his neck and is suspected to have committed suicide.

The administrator told police that Prof Ogutu had come back home together with his second wife on Friday and they were at home until Saturday evening when she left for Kisumu.

He said that according to the worker, the professor was fine and did not seem to have any problem up to around midnight when he retired to bed, only for his lifeless body to be found the next day.

According to police, the worker had gone to wake the don up after warming water for him to take a bath, only to be greeted by the shocking scene.

He said the body had no visible injuries.

by nation.co.ke


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KQ loses second pilot to Covid-19 in London

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The national carrier Kenya Airways has lost another pilot to Covid-19.

Captain Salah Salim Jeizan, 57, died at a London hospital on Wednesday, the airline’s chief human resources officer Evelyne Munyoki said in a condolence message.

Captain Jeizan flew to London’s Heathrow Airport on November 7 from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport but developed difficulties in breathing while in a London hotel.

Jeizan was rushed to the hospital from his hotel room and put on oxygen.

According to Ibrahim Johnny, a close colleague, the deceased will be buried on Thursday in London under the Islamic law.

Captain Jeizan joined the national carrier in 2001 as a junior pilot and rose through the ranks to his last position as a senior captain on the Boeing 787 fleet.

He flew to different international destinations in Europe, US and the Middle East.

“On behalf of the board of directors, the management and staff of Kenya Airways, we join the family of the late captain Jeizan in mourning their beloved one and pray that the almighty God will strengthen them during this time of sorrow,” KQ said in a statement.

In April Kenya lost its first captain, Daudi Kibati, days after commandeering a flight that evacuated Kenyans stranded in the US after the outbreak of Covid-19.

The captain was taken ill on March 29 after returning from New York and he died on April 1.

By NN


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DP Ruto: Unbeknown to many, I have been advising Uhuru on BBI issues

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In a wide ranging interview with Citizen TV’s Joe Ageyo at the former’s residence in Karen on Thursday night, Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto disclosed that he, infact, advises President Uhuru Kenyatta on Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) matters.

DP Ruto said: “As his principal assistant, yes I advise him. This is a constitution-making process. The constitution is about every Kenyan, myself included. If it is being amended, I do not have the luxury to stand aside and do nothing about it…I do not want history to judge me for not stepping out to speak out.”

He added: “Consensus for us is on content, process and timing. We have almost concluded consensus on content. We agree with the 70 additional constituencies but have IEBC delimit the areas…We are not saying our proposals must pass, we are saying that our proposals are reasonable.” Watch:


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Tribute: The Dr Njoroge I Knew

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Doctor Jacqueline Njoroge, or Jacque as we fondly called her, was a self-driven, kind, passionate and hardworking doctor at the Thika level 5 Hospital.

She started her life as a first born child in a family of three siblings in Gatitu, Nyeri County.

Through hard work, she excelled in school and joined the University of Nairobi as a medical student and later pursued her masters degree in medicine at the same university.

Jacqueline, who succumbed to Covid-19 complications at only 38, was a dear friend to many.

She made all her friends feel so special, which won her many close friends and acquaintances. A beautiful lady inside and out, she was always smiling, easy to love, cared deeply about everyone and was very generous. Her warm personality brought calmness to even the most difficult situations.  She liked to tease those close to her with words like “you spoilt brat, you will burn in hell, and often called people sweetheart, sister, my dearest”.  She loved cakes, especially fruit cake, which she looked for every small opportunity to share with her family friends and colleagues.

Sense of style

Jacque had a great sense of style in her dressing, hairstyle and even home décor. She loved being neat, presentable and well-groomed. It was rare to find Jacqueline with a bad hair or bad nail day.

She put her husband, Joshua Chokera, and children Adrian and Angel, and her parents first.

Sundays were spent in church and with family. She loved to cook and bake cakes for them.

Her colleagues loved her both as a doctor and a manager. She was the deputy medical superintendent at the Thika level 5 Hospital as well as the proprietor of Equity Afya clinics in Thika and Kahawa Sukari.

She was a practicing physician both in the public hospital and part-time private hospital. She was passionate, especially about cancer and HIV.

At Thika Level 5 Hospital, she was the head of the team that began the Thika Cancer Care Centre and went ahead to fundraise for the same through a marathon in August 2019. She also chaired the technical working group (LAKATI) that offered a platform to discuss complicated HIV cases.

Admirable leader

Jacqueline was an admirable leader whose colleagues describe as approachable and a problem solver. Her office was open to all and she would make everyone feel at home and welcome. She listened to everyone’s challenges keenly and tried to provide solutions. Most importantly, she was a team player.

She will be remembered for bringing all the specialists together and this way improving service delivery. She mentored many young colleagues and, as a believer in excellence and attention to detail, she hoped to pass this traits to the younger doctors.

We are all saddened that she had to die on the front line. She, like many doctors, was concerned about the coronavirus and had to balance between the fear of contacting the virus and infecting her loved ones and the need to be on the frontline both as a leader and a doctor. Her main challenges were ensuring all workers had adequate PPE (personal protective equipment). She even approached Equity Bank, through the CEO, James Mwangi, for help. Mr Mwangi promised to supply the hospital with PPE for 18 months. She was looking forward to a day when the Covid-19 vaccine would be discovered.

She has left a huge gap as a dedicated leader, manager, physician, mother, wife and daughter.

May the almighty God rest her beautiful soul in eternity.

By Nation.africa


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