Political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi has sensationally claimed that Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery did not just die, adding a controversial dimension to the sudden death of the powerful minister.
He says, in fact, that the Cabinet Secretary, considered one of the most powerful in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government, was killed for political reasons.
Commenting through his Twitter account, Mutahi Ngunyi, whose word on politics is closely followed and often believed, said Nkaissery, who reportedly died just a few hours after being admitted at Karen Hospital, was assassinated.
“(The) death of Nkaissery does not add up,” he wrote. “Security Ministers do not die 30 days to election. They are not allowed to die. It is an assassination.”
Ngunyi, a political analyst hated and loved in equal measure depending on whose side he plays, appears to have spoken for many people, as a good number of Kenyans online are widely sharing his update in support.
Death of Nkaissery DOES NOT ADD UP. Security Ministers DO NOT DIE 30 days to ELECTION. They are NOT ALLOWED to DIE. It is an Assassination
— Mutahi Ngunyi (@MutahiNgunyi) July 8, 2017
Ngunyi is very subtle in his statement but clever enough not to implicate anyone lest he falls afoul the law. From his statement, he leaves everyone guessing who could be behind the “assassination” and why someone would want the minister dead.
His last moments offer no clues
Both opposition leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta have sent their condolences to the family and expressed shock at the development.
Nkaissery is said to have been taken ill last evening at his Karen home after a public function and rushed to Karen Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a few hours later.
The minister is understood to have been in great health and even attended a national prayer day at Uhuru Park earlier in the day, which was led by President Uhuru. This, apparently, was the last public function he attended.
Before the prayer day, Nkaissery had held a series of security meetings at his Harambee House office.
The last supper
Some sources say the CS headed to Karen Hospital at around 3PM, but according to Kajiado Senator Peter Mositet, Nkaissery was rushed to hospital after he collapsed after having supper at his home. He even engaged in a few exercises afterwards, according to his bodyguard.
His death will not escape speculation and will occupy the political discourse for some time as the country heads to a crucial election on 8th August.