Autopsy shows Kirima died of pneumonia

January 4, 2011 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 4 – An autopsy report released on Tuesday afternoon shows that the late real estate tycoon Gerishon Kirima died of pneumonia and chronic renal disease.

Family Spokesman Maina Wanjigi told a media conference that they had received the original copy of the autopsy report from the Government Chief Pathologist Dr Moses Njue.

“That having been accomplished, we are glad that we can now move on to the next stage of burial arrangements. We could not do this before the post mortem was done because we do not want problems arising later people with questioning the cause of death and saying they were not represented."

A section of family members have however questioned how he could have died of pneumonia whereas he was reportedly admitted in hospital five months ago.

“This is negligence because a hospital is supposed to monitor a patient and pneumonia is a manageable condition,” said a family source adding that he was flown to London for diabetes treatment.

The post-mortem to establish the cause of Kirima’s death was conducted on Tuesday morning by three doctors, each representing different factions of the large family.

Dr Njue was the lead doctor while one of the other doctors represented the first and second wife’s family. The third doctor represented the third wife’s family.

The former legislator died a week ago at a hospital in South Africa where he was undergoing treatment.

Mr Wanjigi who is chairing a seven-member committee that is overseeing the burial arrangements said the late lawmaker would be buried before Thursday next week at his rural home in Murang\’a.

“This committee has offered itself to spare the additional time that will be required to assist the family in working a way forward in terms of asset apportionment. Mheshimiwa (honourable) Kirima would have wished that not only his own children but also the grandchildren participate in his legacy,” Mr Wanjigi said.

Other members of the committee include former legislators Joseph Kamotho and Charles Rubia, Equity Bank Chairman Peter Munga, Former Nairobi Stock Exchange Chairman Jimnah Mbaru, Former NACADA boss Joseph Kaguthi and Bishop Michuki.

Mr Wanjigi said that they also wanted to settle the outstanding issues outside of court to avoid wasting a lot of money in prolonged court battles.

“This will be a major example as to how we can sort our own problems out of court,” he said.

The large family has been involved in a prolonged tussle over Mr Kirima’s property worth hundreds of millions of shillings.


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