5 powerful people that have died in July

It's been a dark month for Kenyans.

In just one month, the country  has lost more than five powerful men in various sectors of the economy, the lastest was reported yesterday when IEBC ICT head was found tortured and murdered.

One cannot claim any connection between  the deaths, some were a natural act, others... well, we are yet to find out. Meanwhile, here are the fallen soldeirs the country mourned in the month of July, 2017.

1. Joseph Nkaiserry

The former Cabinet Secretary of Internal Security spent his 29 years of his life serving the nation. Before his appointment, he served in the KDF, got appointed as the military assistant to the Chief of General Staff. He also worked as a commandant of the Armed Forces Training College and was later elected to the National Assembly and Assistant Minister for Internal Security.

He was pronounced dead on 8 July 2017, in the morning, a few hours after he was admitted to Karen Hospital in Nairobi for a medical check-up. He suffered a heart attack.

2.  GG Kariuki

The Laikipia Senator passed on ...... at Nairobi hospital due to cardial relates issues. As a political veteran, he was in service since 1969 as a Minister in both  President Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel Arap Moi governments.  According to family sources the veteran politician was admitted to the hospital a week before and was pronounced dead in the presence of his family members.

3. Nicholas Biwott

A force to be reckoned with in the political sector and one of the richest men in the country passed on at 77 years of age. He was a member of parliament for 28 years. Widely known as The Total Man, Biwott served alongside Kenya's first three presidents Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki and with many significant public figures in post-independence Kenya, including Bruce McKenzie and Tom Mboya. Until his death, he was the leader of the National Vision Party. He passed on due to ill health.

4. Bethuel Kiplagat

Former Truth Justice and Reconciliation (TJRC) Chairman Ambassador Bethuel Kiplagat  died at the Nairobi Hospital on 14July, Friday morning, according to officials who spoke to his family. He died at 3am after succumbing to his ailing. He was the chairman of the Truth Justice and Reconciliation which was set up in 2008 to come with recommendations on how to tackle post ethnic conflicts and political violence, including the 1982 coup d’etat, Shifta war and the post election violence of 2007.

His team was authorised to investigate, analyse and report on causes of conflicts and gross human rights violations in the country since 1963 to 2008, including economic crimes, illegal acquisition of public land, marginalisation of communities, ethnic violence among others and recommend the way forward.

The report gave various recommendations – including compensation of affected families but little has been done.

5. Chris Msando

Yesterday Kenyans woke to the chilling revelation of the conspiracy murder of head of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ICT head Chris Msando who was brutally tortured before he was killed. Msando went missing on Friday night and his mysterious disappearance hit headlines on Saturday just for his body to be found multilated with an alleged missing arm. Chris was a vital asset to the upcoming elections as only his finger prints has access to heavily guarded information and procedures concerning the elections.

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