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These are the people questioned by the police over Nkaissery’s death.

A file photo of the Late Interior CS (Rtd) Major-General Joseph Kasaine Ole Nkaissery who passed on in the wee hours of Saturday morning.
A security consultant who was with former Interior Cabinet secretary Joseph Nkaissery moments before his sudden death, has recorded statements with the police as sleuths from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headed by Nairobi DCI boss Nicholas Kamwende pieced together every detail of his final hours.

Working on all angles and leaving nothing to chance, the detectives have questioned several other people believed to have come into contact with the late CS, among them waiters who served him at the Bomas of Kenya bar.

His Karen home and Bomas of Kenya yesterday remained cordoned off to the public as they are still considered scenes of investigation. Closed-circuit television CCTV footage from both scenes would also be reviewed.

The car Nkaissery used on Friday has been dusted and grounded as part of the probe. At his home in Karen, detectives collected samples from the food he ate, clothes and then took away some of his personal effects. Other samples were also taken from Karen Hospital for analysis.

The detectives zeroed in on the Bomas of Kenya after it emerged Nkaissery was a regular patron of the iconic establishment, secluded and only four kilometres from his Karen home. On account of his profile, Nkaissery enjoyed the services of a special meeting room where he would meet friends and be served meals and drinks.

Investigations indicate on the fateful day, Nkaissery arrived at Bomas around 7pm and proceeded to his ‘reserved’ room. He left at around 8.45pm, after meeting with a friend identified as a retired KDF Colonel Francis Mugambi and National Land Commission chairman Mohammed Swazuri.

Mugambi had been with the CS for close to two hours and enjoyed glasses of wine. Mugambi left the CS at Bomas. The CS had indicated that he wanted to be home early in time for the 9 o’clock news, a source close to the probe revealed.

At least 10 people who interacted with the Late CS at the Bomas of Kenya Lounge, at his Karen home where he fell ill and at Karen Hospital where he was pronounced dead at around 1am, have been questioned by police. Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro also revealed on Sunday that police bodyguards assigned to the CS were also being questioned by detectives pursuing a line of sudden death.

Sources familiar with the probe intimated that Nkaissery’s office staff, four 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.

Others who have been probed include the house help, a driver and a bodyguard who took him to hospital. They also spoke to a number of officials at Karen Hospital including Dr. James Mageria, who confirmed to them the CS was dead when he was taken there. Those questioned were asked not to share any information with journalists. 

Police said the CS had dinner with his family and retired to bed at around 10pm. At around 12am, Saturday, he complained of chest pains and shortly afterwards collapsed. Family members drove him to the Karen Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The family has told the police that the CS was healthy and not on any medication at the time of his death.

However, a day after the death and after investigations commenced, associates of the minister yesterday raised eyebrows in the manner the probe was being carried out as they queried his last moments.

Cause of death.

“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 postmortem had been planned to take place Sunday but was postponed to today, to, according to sources, await one of his sons to return from the US.  A team of pathologists was ready for the exercise at the Lee Funeral Home Sunday morning but was informed of the decision. The son arrived in Nairobi Sunday afternoon. 

Nkaissery’s widow, Hellen, who was admitted to hospital after she developed high blood pressure following the CS’s death, was expected to be discharged Sunday. But even as a postmortem is being awaited today, the widening scope of preliminary investigations suggests authorities are not leaving anything to chance over Nkaissery’s sudden death.

There has been speculation that Nkaissery could have died from one of three causes; a heart attack, embolism (a blocked artery caused by a foreign body such as a blood clot or an air bubble) or that he could have been poisoned. On Saturday, detectives collected samples for forensic investigation from various places the late CS visited the previous day, including his office at Nyayo House, his Karen home and the Bomas restaurant. 

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