Family of ex-cabinet minister who has been in a coma for 6 months speaks out

The former minister is on life support

Former Garissa CEC Idriss Mukhtar in bed after family converted a room in their home into an ICU (Daily Nation)

The family of former Garissa Finance county executive Idriss Mukhtar has spoken on their struggles taking care of the former CEC.

Idriss has been in a coma for about six months after he was shot and a bullet was left lodged in his head.

Dr Aden Mukhtar, father to Idriss, spoke to journalists on Thursday expressing his bitterness that elders from Garissa were persuading him to stop pursuing justice for his bed-ridden son.

"With my son lying like this? Then some people with an unknown agenda are here asking me to go to the negotiating table? I will not.

"We turned this room into a temporary intensive care unit, and it is from here that we hope he will one day gain consciousness and finally get back his life.

"It is expensive for the family but we have no option but to keep our son alive," Dr Mukhtar told journalists.

The younger Mukhtar had been receiving treatment in India but the doctors recommended home care for him and he returned to Kenya on January 21 after there was no improvement in his condition.

Two suspects linked to shooting of Idriss Mukhtar

The former cabinet minister was shot while in his car in Kileleshwa and Governor Ali Korane was arrested in connection with the hit.

One David Mwai confessed to having been hired to assassinate the former Finance CEC by injecting him with hydrogen peroxide, which induces a heart attack or stroke.

Mwai told detectives that he was later instructed to kill the executive after he failed to get an opportunity to inject the poison for three weeks.

The suspect later hang himself at a bathroom in Parklands Police Station and died.

Two other suspects, Mohamud Hussein Aden and Juliet Charity Njoki, were later arraigned in court on charges of the murder and were later released on bail.


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