Late governor joins a long list of African leaders who died abroad while seeking medical treatment

Gachagua's treatment abroad follows a long line of African leaders who have sought medical intervention in foreign hospitals, snubbing their ‘ill equipped’ local public hospitals.

 

The governor who was elected under the Grand National Union (GNU) has been ailing since he came into office.

In 2015 he took a three months sick leave to seek medical treatment in the United Kingdom leaving the deputy governor, Samuel Wamathai to take charge.

At one point there was so much anxiety in the county that a section of members of county assembly proposed that a team of House Committees be dispatched to UK where the Governor was hospitalized in the company of a medical doctor who would help the team establish his condition.

Gachagua when he sought treatment abroad was following a long line of African leaders who have sought medical treatment in foreign hospitals snubbing their ‘ill equipped’ local public  hospitals.

Ethiopian strongman Meles Zenawi, died aged 57 in a Belgian hospital in 2012 after top government officials insisted for more than a month he had only a minor illness and his condition was not serious.

President Umara Yar’Adua of Nigeria left a power vacuum after he died while in office without transferring power to his vice president, he  had for months been admitted in Saudi Arabia where he was undergoing heart treatment, before returning home in 2010 in almost total secrecy and dying after weeks on life support.

Similar case was witnessed for Zambian president Michael Sata who died at a London hospital.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, regularly flies to Singapore for what officials say are “routine checkups” while ordinary Zimbabweans have to do with almost empty public hospitals.

Millions of tax payers’ money always has to be consumed to transport the body back to their respective countries. Maybe it is high time Africans re-examine their budgetary allocations and priorities.

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