President Uhuru Kenyatta led Government officials and the entire nation in mourning the shocking and untimely death of Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery.
The Head of State recalled the last moments with Nkaissery on Friday (7/7/17) where they attended a prayer rally at Uhuru Park to pray for a peaceful General Election.
“I personally have lost a friend, a colleague, whom as late as yesterday, we spent a good part of the day praying for peace for this country, and whom as late as 9:30 last night were discussing issues pertaining and relating to peace and unity of this country. Indeed in one of his last notes, we spent discussing his great passion which was Kenya’s preparedness for the Junior Athletics that is supposed to commence in the next few days,” Uhuru indicated.
Deputy President William Ruto through his twitter handle also expressed shock after receiving the news of Nkaissery’s demise.
“Received news of the passing on of Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery with deep sorrow, grief and sadness. We have lost a patriot: an indefatigable and consummate professional who dedicated himself to the service of his country,” Ruto tweeted.
Former Interior CS Joseph Ole Lenku described Nkaissery’s death as sad for the entire nation describing the fallen hero as a friend, mentor and a father figure.
“I don’t know where to start. I was with him two days ago and for it to happen this morning we have nothing to say that to ask God to rest his soul in peace and to pass our condolences to the President and the family,” Lenku stated.
NASA Presidential candidate Raila Odinga while sending his condolences clarified that their differences with Nkaissery were political and not personal.
“We’ve had great times with him and I remember telling him that you’re making this government more efficient than it was. Our differences were just political,” the Former Prime Minister noted.
NASA co-principal and Odinga’s running mate Kalonzo Musyoka said the death is a big blow to the Maasai community and the country.
“He looked very stern but deep inside him, he was a very soft spoken gentleman and therefore we will miss him. Indeed in is a blow not just to the people of the Maasai community, Kajiado and the country at large,” he said.
Nkaissery was a Member of Parliament in the National Assembly from 2002 to 2014, when he resigned to take up a position as the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Interior & Coordination of National Government
He was also a senior elder of the Maasai community.