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Top Kenyan civil servant resumes duty

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 1 – The Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura resumed his duties on Tuesday morning after a two months sick-leave.

The 61-year-old came back to the country towards the end of July after undergoing a heart bypass surgery and has since been resting at his Ongata Rongai home.

The Civil Service boss said last week that he was looking forward to resume duty on September 1st.

He fell ill late June and was flown to the Sunninghill Hospital in Johannesburg where he spent 14 days recuperating after a surgery to correct what doctors said was blocked arteries.

The Public Service head who is also the Secretary to the Cabinet was flown out of the country for further treatment after spending three days at the Nairobi Hospital.

He was diagnosed as suffering from a heart condition, known as myocardial infarction which is basically the narrowing of blood arteries. He had been admitted to the Nairobi Hospital after he checked himself in for a medical checkup.

Dr Mutua had said that Ambassador Muthaura had not gone on leave for ten years.

Before he was flown to South Africa numerous tests were run on him. Mr Muthaura’s personal physician, Dr Frank Mwongera, accompanied him to Johannesburg and his family members joined him later.

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His resumption of duty on Tuesday marked an end to speculation over his succession.


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