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Autopsy shows heart condition killed Kajwang’

Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor said the post-mortem had shown that he had an enlarged heart/MIKE KARIUKI

Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor said the post-mortem had shown that he had an enlarged heart/MIKE KARIUKI

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 21 – Autopsy results released on Friday afternoon show that the late Homabay Senator Otieno Kajwang’ had coronary artery disease which led to his death on Tuesday night.

Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor said the postmortem had shown that he had an enlarged heart due to a history of being hypertensive.

“The main cause of death is myocardial infarction due to what we call coronary artery disease; myocardial infarction is a condition whereby some parts of the heart die off due to poor blood supply…one of the blood vessels on the heart was narrowed because of cholesterol–there was a previous scar on the heart, which means that he had had one before—but now this new one was the one that killed him because it was in an area in the septum of the heart,” Oduor said.

Family pathologist Emily Rogena concurred with the Government pathologist’s conclusions however adding that two further tests would be conducted on samples and body fluids taken from the late Kajwang’s body.

“We are still going to carry out two main analyses—one is a microscopic histological analysis to confirm what we saw is truly what it is—we also plan to ship blood and other body fluid to the University of Pretoria for further tests—we shall give a final diagnosis in due course,” Rogena added.

Family lawyer James Orengo flanked by Tom Kajwang’(brother)and Suba Mp John Mbadi reacted to the outcome of the pathologists test saying further analysis was necessary to clear the air on various speculations that were rife.

“The report is not conclusive, it is preliminary—during the examination there are some features that turned out that must be investigated into and final decision is made as to the cause of death,” Orengo said.

He pointed out that the hate Homabay Senator had several broken ribs with one dislocated rib, two fractures on the sternum, bruises on the right side and massive erosion of the stomach with a red colouration and visible external injuries.

He said the injuries would be dated to determine when they occurred.

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Orengo had initially told reporters that last week Kajwang had been involved in an accident over a week ago prior to his sudden death.

Kajwang’ will be buried on Friday next week with the memorial service scheduled for Wednesday at the Maxwell Shrine in Nairobi before the body is airlifted to Kisumu and later taken to Homabay for public viewing and finally the resting place at the family home in Mbita.

The national committee has already been set up with representatives from the National Executive, Parliament and the relevant Counties directly organising the burial.

Any funds which will be raised will be put in a trust fund (Otieno Kajwang’ Children Trust Fund) in benefit of the children. The account number will be announced so all who are willing can make their contribution.


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