Family Blocks NASA Politicians From Nkaissery Compound
Kajiado NASA leaders were ejected from a meeting at the rural home of former Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, who died on Saturday.
Kajiado Governor David Nkedianye, Kajiado Central Member of Parliament Memusi Kanchori, and former Kenya Meat Commission chairman Taraiya ole Kores were among the Opposition leaders who were not allowed into Nkaissery’s compound at Ilbisel.
Simaiyai Rakita, who is contesting the Kajiado woman representative seat on a Wiper ticket, was also not spared. She was confronted as she was preparing to enter the gate and told to leave.
A member of Nkaissery’s funeral committee told The Standard that they were under strict instructions from the CS’s family that no leader from the Opposition should be allowed into the compound.
The leaders were, however, allowed to attend a prayer session that was held a few metres from the CS’s compound.
During the prayers, Nkedianye and Memusi, who arrived late, sat quietly at back of the tent as the other leaders sat in the front row.
As Kajiado County Commissioner Harsama Kellow, who was the master of ceremonies, acknowledged the leaders in attendance, the names of the NASA leaders were missing from his list.
After the prayers, all the other leaders were ushered into Nkaissery’s compound, but the opposition leaders were not allowed in. A Maasai elder was sent to inform them that they were not wanted.
A few days before Nkaissery died, Governor Nkedianye and Kajiado MP Memusi claimed that the CS was planning to eliminate them before the elections.
Nkaissery threatened to instruct his lawyers to file a suit against the two for defamation.
The two had recorded statements at the Kajiado police headquarters, saying they feared for their lives.
“I’m waiting for the full details of the report after which I will take legal action. Anytime you make an allegation, you must have evidence. By the way, do I look like someone who can eliminate my kinsmen just because of politics?” said Nkaissery.
The two had accused the Cabinet secretary of allegedly saying that Jubilee Party must win all seats in the county even if it means eliminating those occupying them.
Nkedianye and Memusi were among the leaders who visited Lee Funeral Home, where Nkaissery’s body is preserved.
Nkaissery was first elected MP for Kajiado Central in 2003 on a Kanu ticket after he retired from Kenya Army in August 2002.
GOATS WITHOUT SHEPHERD
Between 2003 and 2007, he served as the secretary general of Kanu. In 2007 he vied for the same parliamentary seat on an ODM ticket and won.
His constituency was in the 2012-2013 financial year voted the best in managing the CDF kitty. The 67-year-old father-of-four was said to be humble and down-to-earth and freely interacted with his constituents.
‘’The demise comes as the community prepared to anoint one of us to be our spokesman following the death of William ole Ntimama and John Keen last year. We are now left like goats without a shepherd,’’ said Francis Menja, the chief executive officer of the National Transport and Safety Authority.
Mr Menja appealed to Kenyans to remain calm and avoid speculating on the possible cause of Nkaissery’s death, saying the government is doing everything to establish what killed him.
‘’We should stop speculating on the matter and allow the Government to dig to the bottom of the matter,’’ said Menja.
Nkaissery was lauded for his hard work and generosity.
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