- In the past two regimes, over 15 sitting politicians have died in various circumstances
- Some have died in accidents while others's cause of death remains unknown to date
- TUKO.co.ke has compiled the names and circumstances of 15 politicians who've died in office during the Kibaki and Kenyatta regimes
In the past few years, a number of politicians from across the political divide and in different regimes have passed on in yet to be understood circumstances to date.
The latest death, the late Joseph Nkaissery's, continues to baffle Kenyans over how sudden his death came despite being fit as a fiddle at a previous national event he attended on Friday, July 7, a day before he passed on.
As we continue mourning the late Interior cabinet secretary, below are some politicians who have passed on while still in office:
1. Bonaya Godana
The late Godana passed away on April 10, 2006, while on a peace keeping mission to reconcile warring communities in Marsabit. He passed away in a plane crash in Marsabit.
2. Ahmad Mohammed Khalif
Khalif passed on in a plane crash when the plane carrying senior members from Mwai Kibaki's government snagged power lines after take off and crashed into houses in Busia county.
The crash occurred on January 24, 2003.
3. Kipkalya Kones
The late Kones passed away on June 10, 2008, when a plane he was traveling in crashed near Maasai Mara. He was the roads minister then and there were no survivors in the crash.
4. Lorna Laboso
The late Laboso also passed away in the same crash that claimed the life of Kipkalya Kones. She was the assistant home affairs minister then.
5 George Saitoti
He passed away on June 10, 2012, when the plane he was travelling in crashed in Ngong Forest. All passengers on board died on the spot. To date, the circumstances behind the crash remain unknown after Saitoti intimated that there had been previous attempts to assassinate him for political secrets he knew about.
6. Orwa Ojode
Ojode, the then Ndhiwa MP and deputy Internal Security minister passed away in the same crash that claimed the life of Saitoti.
7. Mutula Kilonzo
The late Kilonzo passed away on April 27, 2013, under suspicious circumstances. He died of massive bleeding caused by high blood pressure.
At the time of his death, speculation was rife that he'd been poisoned following reports of him being found foaming at the mouth and that he'd vomited.
8. Otieno Kajwang
The late Homa Bay senator passed away on November 18, 2014, following a heart attack. He developed breathing complications and was rushed to Mater Hospital. He died at age 55.
9. George Thuo
The late Juja parliamentarian died under suspicious circumstances after having drinks with friends at a Kiambu club.
He complained of rising body temperatures and wanted to remove his clothes. 15 minutes later, he collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. Claims, at the time of his death, were rife that he'd been poisoned too.
10. Abdi Sasura (Saku), Titus Ngoyoni (Laisamis) and Guracha Galgallo (Moyale)
They passed away in the same accident that claimed Bonaya Godana's life. They had been enroute on a peace keeping mission to reconcile warring communities at the time.
11. Boy Juma Boy
The late Kwale senator (ODM) passed away on February 12, 2017, while receiving treatment at the Aga Khan hospital. He had been admitted for a week before he succumbing to high blood pressure complications.
12. GG Kariuki
The late Laikipia senator passed away on June 30, 2017, at age 78.
According to his family, he'd beein ailing for some time and had not been active in politics for a while.
13. Joseph Nkaissery
The late Nkaissery passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 8. He had been as fit as a fiddle before he collapsed at his Karen home and was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.
His last steps continue being retraced as a lounge at the Bomas of Kenya remains cordoned off to the public. He is said to have had a meal there before heading home.
14. David Mwiraria
The former finance minister passed away on April 13, 2017, at the Karen Hospital.
He had been receiving treatment for acute respiratory infection and cancer.
15. Nderitu Gachagua
The late Nderitu Gachagua passed away on February 24, 217, at the ***** Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in London.
He had been battling pancreatic cancer for about two years. He passed away aged 64.
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