NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 13 – The late Interior Cabinet Secretary Major General (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery was on Thursday eulogised fondly by his family at a requiem mass held at the Nairobi Baptist church.
Nkaissery was remembered as a strong yet caring man by his widow, sons and daughters.
They remembered him as not only a good provider, but also a man who pushed them to be the very best they could be. “You were a classy guy,” one of his sons said in tribute.
“You thought modern day men were nuts with all the lotions, deodorants, but you still liked Calvin Klein shoes and Hugo Boss suits. You liked chocolate, wine and his customary one scoop of vanilla ice cream.”
“I always enjoyed spending time with you and mommy. Listening to you guys joking around like teenagers, drinking port wine and eating chocolates. It always used to amuse me when during holidays you would take mommy on walks to the beach and it was so funny seeing her trying to keep up with her small steps amidst your long strides.”
His widow remembered him as the strongest man she’d ever met but yet sensitive enough to spoil her. “When you entered a shop to buy something for me you would first check the prices to ensure it’s the most expensive because you believed I should have the best.”
“You let me manage all your money but you would get upset if I’d buy land and write your name and not mine.”
His friends remembered him as dependable and one who pushed them to higher heights; adding that he would take no more than three beers.
They also remembered, in admiration, his relationship with his widow who they testified paid an integral role in his political success.