Police are investigating an incident in which Jubilee Party strategist who played a critical role in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in 2017 was found dead outside his hotel room.
Peter Magara who was part of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s sister Kristiana Pratt’s campaign team that camped in Kisii and Nyamira Counties campaigning for Jubilee left his wife asleep in their hotel room before being found dead.
According to his widow, Jane Nyambura Magara, the deceased began exhibiting unusual behaviour and looked disturbed on Friday, a day after the couple checked in to Magharibi hotel in Kisii.
“We checked in to the Hotel on Thursday evening, but on Friday my husband was exhibiting unusual behaviour.”
“He stepped out of the hotel at night but unsuccessfully attempted to start the car engine. He came to the room but unfortunately I didn’t get to notice the second time he left the room,” said Mrs Magara.
The widow revealed that the political strategist had shown signs of stress earlier in the week and that they had sought medication at a private hospital in Kisii.
Kisii County police boss Martin Kibet confirmed the incident, stating that the family had tried to restrain the deceased who looked stress and was exhibiting unusual behaviour for two days before his body was recovered on Saturday morning.
“We are investigating the matter though initial inquiries indicate that he might have developed a psychiatric problem,” Kibet said.
He was one of the brains behind the Gusii Professionals lobby group that comprised of Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i and Health PS Susan Mochache who mobilized votes for President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2017 election.
The deceased has left behind a widow and two children who had remained in Nairobi.
Away from his involvement in politics, the deceased worked as the Chief engineer at Fair Mount Hotels-Nanyuki.