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Friday, July 28, 2017

Uhuru, Raila share podium at Nkaissery burial ceremony

Cabinet Secretaries and leaders pay their respect to the late Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery after his body was removed from Lee Funeral Home for burial at his Bisil home, Kajiado, July 15, 2017. /COURTESY
Cabinet Secretaries and leaders pay their respect to the late Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery after his body was removed from Lee Funeral Home for burial at his Bisil home, Kajiado, July 15, 2017. /COURTESY

President Uhuru Kenyatta, DP William Ruto and NASA presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga led Kenyans in paying their last respect to the late Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery.

A somber mood engulfed the funeral service which was led by the Baptist Church and the late CS' home in Bisil, Kajiado county.

Nkaissery died at Karen hospital in Nairobi after a rare heart attack.

Read: Postmortem shows Nkaissery died of a rare heart attack, medics rule out foul play

Most of the mourners wore black dresses and suits. Hundreds were seen trickling in at the home on Saturday morning.

Some of them cried and wiped their tears for a better part of the days as Nkaiserry's wife Helen and children eulogised their loved one.

The songs by the church choir made the mourners look even sadder.

Cabinet Secretaries, Chief of Defence Forces Samson Mwathethe, IG Joseph Boinnet, Attorney general Githu Muigai among other leaders were present.

The family of Nkaissery mourned him as a man who meant well for the nation.

In an emotive memorial service at Nairobi Baptist Church on Thursday, the family said Nkaissery understood the country's challenges.

They said the late CS was dedicated to ensuring Kenya is safe.

More on this: CS Nkaissery loved pot wine and vanilla ice cream, family says in tribute

Nkaissery was born on November 28, 1949 and at the time of his death, the CS was aged 67.

He was an MP from 2002 to 2014, when he resigned to become CS, Internal Security and Coordination of National Government.

Before joining politics, Nkaissery served in the Kenya Defence Forces, rising to the rank of a Major General.

Nkaissery served as a Commandant of the Armed Forces Training College and retired in December 2002 after 29 years of military service.

He was elected to the National Assembly in 2007 and served as an Assistant Minister for Internal Security in the Cabinet of former President Mwai Kibaki.


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