NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 12 – Top security chiefs have described the death of their boss, the late Joseph Nkaissery as a major blow to the sector while describing him as a ‘friendly and transparent’ leader who meant well for the country.
Speaking at the residence of the late Cabinet Secretary during a visit on Wednesday morning, Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho said has lost a great friend, boss and a mentor.
“I reported into the ministry almost 18 months ago. I was nervous, fearful… a person who was not willing to go to that ministry, just to report and find that I was extremely wrong. In CS Nkaissery, I found a friend, a very jovial person and a very transparent person,” he said.
The PS said for the period they worked together, “we have never quarrelled. General trusted us.”
He emphasised the need for Kenyans to honor him by conducting themselves peacefully before, during and after the August 8 General Election because that is what he advocated for.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet described him as a General who brought order to the police service and the ministry.
“For the two and a half years that he was our CS, we made tremendous strides in the transformation agenda. He is a man who worked in an orderly environment and he had a great detest for disorder. I have lost a great mentor,” the police boss said.
“I can proudly say we have members of the National Government Administration and the National Police Service working well as a cohesive team.”
Boinnet said the CS also challenging him on the need to give back to the community while highlighting some of the church projects he supported.
The wife of the late CS, Hellen Nkaissery described him as a great man, with a golden heart to help his family, country and the community.
Nkaissery’s memorial service will be held on Thursday at the Nairobi Baptist Church ahead of Saturday’s burial at his Ilbisil home in Kajiado.
He died of a heart attack according to pathologists.
Results of a post-mortem conducted on Monday showed no evidence of foul play, family pathologists said.
The post-mortem was conducted by the government pathologist in the presence of two family pathologists, two family doctors, the family lawyer and a family member.
Dr Byakika Bissie, the family pathologist told journalists that Nkaissery “suffered an acute fatal heart attack as a result of a compromised blood vessel to the heart.”
The pathologist explained that “he had a sudden onset fatal heart attack. This arose because one of the major blood vessels supplying the wall of his heart was severely compromised and could only allow a very small volume of blood to pass through it, resulting in the heart area that is supplied to undergo death. Because of this, the electronic activity of the heart was compromised and death ensued.”
According to the family doctor Charles Kariuki, the condition was caused by “in most common situations, the sudden occlusion of an already narrowed artery usually due to a tiny blood clot.”
Such conditions, he said, are likely to attack older people, more so males.
Nkaissery was a Member of Parliament until 2014 when he resigned to take up President Uhuru Kenyatta’s appointment as Interior Cabinet Secretary to replace Joseph Ole Lenku who was replaced in the wake of increased insecurity in the country.
Nkaissery joined politics in 2002 when he retired from the military at the rank of Major-General, having served for 29 years.
He was then elected Member of Parliament in 2007 and was later appointed Assistant Minister for Internal Security by former President Mwai Kibaki in 2008-2013.
He was elected to Parliament on an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) ticket before he fell out with the party leader Raila Odinga when he joined President Kenyatta’s government.