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Joseph Nkaissery to be buried today

Updated: 15.07.2017

Final funeral rites for Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery will take place today.

His family, dignitaries and friends will say goodbye to the security minister at his home in Ilbisil, Kajiado County.

Maj-Gen (rtd) Nkaissery died on July 8 at age 67.

Pathologists earlier this week ruled out foul play in the death of the CS and said he died of a heart attack.

Private pathologists Bessie Byakika and Andrew Gachie, as well as Dr Johansen Oduor, the government’s chief pathologist, conducted a six-hour postmortem examination to find the cause of his death on Monday.

The autopsy was done in the presence of family members and four other doctors, including one from the Government Chemist.

The late Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery died of a heart attack.

Updated: 10.07.2017

Results of a post-mortem conducted on Monday showed no evidence of foul play, family pathologists said.

The post-mortem was conducted by the government pathologist in the presence of two family pathologists, two family doctors, the family lawyer and a family member.

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Dr Byakika Bissie, the family pathologist told journalists that Nkaissery “suffered an acute fatal heart attack as a result of a compromised blood vessel to the heart.”

The pathologist explained that “he had a sudden onset fatal heart attack. This arose because one of the major blood vessels supplying the wall of his heart was severely compromised and could only allow a very small volume of blood to pass through it, resulting in the heart area that is supplied to undergo death. Because of this, the electronic activity of the heart was compromised and death ensued.”

According to the family doctor Charles Kariuki, the condition was caused by “in most common situations, the sudden occlusion of an already narrowed artery usually due to a tiny blood clot.”

Such conditions, he said, are likely to attack older people, more so males.

The condition, according to the pathologists, can also be caused by blood pressure and other lifestyle related diseases.

Though further tests are going to be carried out, Dr Bissie said so far there was no evidence of foul play.

“There is absolutely no evidence seen by us that there was any indication of foul play,” she asserted.

Also present during the post-mortem was Dr Andrew Gachie representing the family, and Nairobi CID Chief Nicholas Kamwende.

The news came as it emerged Nkaissery’s widow had left the hospital after she was admitted following his death.

 

Joseph Nkaissery Burial

Joseph Nkaissery to be buried on Saturday in Kajiado

Updated: 10.07.2017

The late Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery will be buried on Saturday at his home in Ilbisil, Kajiado County.

The burial committee, led by Health minister Cleopa Mailu, on Monday announced that a memorial service will be held at Nairobi Baptist Church on Ngong Road on Thursday.

“The service begins at 9.30am and is open to the public,” the statement read.

The committee further announced that a condolence books will be available from Wednesday at Harambee House, KICC, the Nairobi Baptist Church and all 47 county headquarters.

The committee includes members of the Nkaissery family and government officials.

Maj-Gen (rtd) Nkaissery died on Saturday night. The cause of his death has remain a mystery as investigators piece together his last moments to unravel the mystery.

Mrs Hellen Nkaissery opens up on Joseph Nkaissery last moments

Updated: 12.07.2017

The widow of Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery has broken her silence on the general’s last moments.

Hellen Nkaissery Wednesday told a hushed group of mourners who included Kanu chairman Gideon Moi how her husband died without uttering a word shortly after the couple went to bed after 11pm.

According to Mrs Nkaissery, she preceded her husband to bed at around 11.30pm. The general followed shortly after and the couple prayed together.

“He prayed as he always did and I slept,” she said.

Tragedy struck moments later.

“After about 20 minutes, I felt a sound as if something had knocked the side of the bed. I checked and found he had fallen off the bed,” said the widow.

She told mourners how she tried to lift Nkaissery back to bed, but could not as he was too heavy. After struggling to drag her motionless husband back to bed, she called for help from the security detail outside the house.

“I called the askaris who rushed into our bedroom. My back was aching from my effort to lift him up,” she said.

Nkaissery was then rushed to Karen Hospital, about five minutes away, where he was pronounced dead. According to his wife, the fallen general did not utter a word before he died.

“He went without saying a word, not even goodbye. He never whispered that he was in pain. He died like a soldier,” said the widow.

Hellen may have had a premonition about her husband’s demise. She told mourners that earlier on the day he died, she had been at their rural home at Bisil, but something urged her to return to Nairobi.

“At that time I had no car, I had to use a police car to Nairobi. When I arrived in Karen, my husband was not home yet,” she said.

When he came home later, Nkaissery was in high spirits.

“He was in very high spirits and appeared buoyed by a telephone conversation with the President (Uhuru Kenyatta),” said his wife.

Moments later, he was dead.

Hellen was hospitalised after receiving news that her husband was dead.

But now the retired general’s wife is back on her feet, determined to give her husband a befitting send-off. She assured Kenyans that the family was taking Nkaissery’sdeath in its stride.

“We are standing strong because that is what he would have wanted us to do – to be strong and stand firm,” she said.

Mrs Nkaissery called on Kenyans not to speculate about her husband’s death, saying the family was well represented during a postmortem on his body.

“I am at peace because Nkaissery went in peace; he did not die like a coward,” she said.

Later, hosting a team from the Interior Ministry led by Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, Mrs Nkaissery said she hoped that Kenyans would get someone who can fit into her husband’s shoes.

“Pray to God to give us somebody else to protect our country as passionately as he did,” she said.

Senator Moi, who visited the family at Bisil in Kajiado, described Nkaissery a loyal Kenyan.

“He left a strong legacy for all of us. He was a leader not only of Kajiado but the whole country, that is why former President Daniel Arap Moi liked him,” said Gideon.

Interior ministry PS Kibicho and AG Boinnet pledged to ensure peaceful August 8 elections in honour of the fallen CS.

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Joseph Nkaissery Final Moments

Updated: 09.07.2017

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery complained of sharp chest pains moments before he collapsed and was later pronounced dead early Saturday morning, family sources told the Nation.

This came as President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday held an emergency National Security Council meeting at State House, Nairobi, and appointed Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i to act in the Interior docket.

As detectives continued to comb various places where the Cabinet Secretary was hours to his death — including the Bomas of Kenya and his Karen residence — details have emerged of his final movements.

Joseph Nkaissery – Samples Collected

The police are said to have collected various samples from his house and at the Bomas Lounge.

Maj-Gen (rtd) Nkaissery reportedly arrived at his Karen residence at around 9pm and had dinner with his family.

He was said to have been at the Bomas of Kenya before heading home.

But hours later, after midnight, he was being rushed to Karen Hospital, a few kilometres away, after complaining of sharp chest pains and collapsing.

Joseph Nkaissery was Dead on Arrival at the Hospital

According to Karen Hospital board Executive Chairman James Mageria, the Cabinet Secretary was dead by the time he was driven to the hospital.

“I was called after midnight and told that the body of the CS had been brought. I left immediately and, when I arrived, Dr Anthony Gikonyo, a cardiologist, told me he had already died. He said they had tried to resuscitate him without success,” Dr Mageria said.

The Cabinet Secretary was reportedly pronounced dead some time after 1am and his family notified.

Joseph Nkaissery State House

Dr Mageria said he immediately called State House Chief of Staff and Head of Civil Service Joseph Kinyua, Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet and the Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro.

Mr Kinyua later released a statement indicating that Maj-Gen (rtd) Nkaissery had died “a few hours after being admitted for a check-up”.

“The country to be updated as more information becomes available,” Mr Kinyua said in the first official confirmation of the death released at almost 4am.

Last evening, the government issued another statement, this time signed by Government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe, clarifying that Maj-Gen (rtd) Nkaissery had not been admitted to the hospital.

Joseph Nkaissery – Mourn

“It is with great sorrow that we mourn the passing on of General (rtd) Joseph Nkaissery, the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, who passed away this morning at Karen Hospital. He was 67 years old,” the statement read.

Joseph Nkaissery Sudden Death

“Details related to his sudden death are now beginning to emerge. It is now clear that the General collapsed while at home and was rushed to the Karen Hospital and, upon further examination, was pronounced dead on arrival. Both the hospital and his family have clarified that he was not admitted at the facility,” the statement explained.

“Under the strenuous circumstances, an earlier statement indicating that Nkaissery passed on while receiving treatment at Karen Hospital was made in error,” it added.

Joseph Nkaissery Pronounced Dead

The Nation has learnt that after the Interior CS was pronounced dead, the first to arrive at the hospital was the Deputy Inspector-General in charge of the Kenya Police Joel Kitili followed by Mr Boinnet.

A security cordon was thrown around the hospital as the senior government officials deliberated with the hospital authorities on the next course of action.

It was not until after 4am that the CS’s body was transferred to the Lee Funeral Home, accompanied by family members and the government officials who had camped at the hospital.

Maj-Gen (rtd) Nkaissery’s widow, Hellen, was also taken ill following the news of her husband’s death.

Joseph Nkaissery – Campaign

The news appeared to have hit the government hard, with President Kenyatta immediately calling off his intended campaign tour of Turkana County.

In his message, the President said he had lost a personal friend and a colleague, revealing that he spoke with the Cabinet Secretary on the phone “as late as 9.30 last night”.

“Today is a sad day for Kenya and all our people. We lost a gallant officer, an officer who has, for the most part of his life, served with total dedication and love for his country.

“Maj-General Joseph Nkaissery was a man who believed in this country, believed in the principles and foundations on which this country was built.

A man who dedicated most of his life to serving this great nation,” Mr Kenyatta said, flanked by top government officials including Mr Kinyua, Defence CS Raychelle Omamo and Mr Boinnet.

Joseph Nkaissery Kasarani

He also noted that Maj-Gen (rtd) Nkaissery was the main force behind ensuring all was set for the IAAF international junior athletics championships to be held in Nairobi.

The CS had visited the Safaricom Stadium in Kasarani early Friday morning to inspect preparations for the forthcoming athletics championships during which he whipped section heads into action and issued ultimatums that the preparations for the event be completed in good time.

After leaving the Sports Centre at around 1pm, Mr Nkaissery attended the National Prayer Rally at Uhuru Park, together with President Kenyatta, Third Way Alliance presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot and Prof Michael Wainaina, who is an Independent candidate.

The prayer rally, organised by the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya, was meant to bring leaders together and enable them to pledge to uphold peace before, during and after the August election.

Joseph Nkaissery Energetic

“During the prayer function, he looked healthy and energetic. He was jovial and we exchanged very warm moments.

He was happy,” Bishop Mark Kariuki of the Deliverance Church said.

Although the CS did not address the public at the rally, he was seen moving around and shaking hands with various dignitaries, among them Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero who was sitting next to him.

From the rally, Maj-Gen (rtd) Nkaissery left for his Harambee House office where he spent a few minutes attending the National Security Advisory Committee meeting. He is said to have left his office after 6.30pm.

Joseph Nkaissery – Bomas

On his way home, he is said to have passed by the Bomas of Kenya.

Workers at Bomas, who spoke to the Nation in confidence, said that the CS was a regular visitor who usually drove by on his way home.

On Saturday, the facility, which was already closed to the public by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) as it is set to be used as the national tallying centre during next month’s General Election, was cordoned off with only scene-of-crime police officers allowed in to conduct their investigations.

At around 7.30pm on Friday, Maj-Gen (rtd) Nkaissery is said to have called Kajiado County Commissioner Harsama Kello and told him about a fundraiser he was scheduled to attend at Ng’atataek yesterday in aid of needy school children.

Joseph Nkaissery Fundraiser

“He told me he would pick me up in Kajiado at around 11am (yesterday) to accompany him to the fundraiser,” said Mr Kello.

“Little did I know that that would be the last time I would be speaking to my boss,” Mr Kello told the Nation.

The circumstances are similar to the deaths of Maj-Gen (rtd) Nkaissery’s predecessors at the Interior Ministry — Prof George Saitoti and his assistant minister Joshua Ojode — who were also headed to a harambee in Ndhiwa constituency when they died in a helicopter crash in June 2012.

Joseph Nkaissery Home Area

Ng’atataek is about 15 kilometres from Ilbisil town, Maj-Gen (rtd) Nkaissery’s home area.

On Saturday, when we got to his home at around 7.30am, we found armed Administration Policemen manning the locked gate, with instructions not to open for anyone.

They said they had received orders to be at the gate by 4am.

Residents we spoke to said they were saddened by the death. “We have lost our father; he took good care of the Maasai people,” said Lesan Nchakarian.

As news of the death spread, leaders from all walks of life trooped to the Lee Funeral Home in Nairobi to view the body.

They included National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale, Dr Kidero, Coast Regional Commissioner Nelson Marwa, Kajiado Senator Peter Mositet, 2013 presidential candidate James ole Kiyiapi, Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko, Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Alex ole Magelo, Cotu Secretary-General Francis Atwoli and former Interior CS Joseph ole Lenku.

Kajiado West MP Moses Sakuda, called for thorough investigations into the death.

Other MPs included James Rege (Karachuonyo), Peris Tobiko (Kajiado East) and Elijah Memusi Kanchori (Kajiado Central).

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Joseph Nkaissery Death: The Timeline

Friday 8.30am: CS Nkaissery goes to the Kasarani Gymnasium, Nairobi, the venue of the IAAF World Under-18 Championships from Wednesday.

Here, he whipped section heads into action and issued ultimatums for job completion all over the place.

Friday 1pm: Nkaissery attends the National Prayer Rally at the Uhuru Park, together with President Uhuru Kenyatta, Third Way Alliance Presidential Candidates Ekuru Aukot and Michael Wainaina, an independent candidate.

Friday 3.20pm: The CS leaves Uhuru Park after the end of the prayer rally and heads to his office at Harambee House, Nairobi.

Here, he holds a security meeting and works for some hours before leaving.

Friday 8.30pm: President Kenyatta holds a talk with the CS over peace and security during the election period.

According to Mr Kenyatta, they also discussed the IAAF championships slated for Wednesday. The call ended at 9.30pm, according to the president.

Friday 10pm: Nkaissery arrives at his Hardy home in Karen, Nairobi, and heads to his private gym before retiring to bed.

Saturday 1am: The CS wakes up and complains of a sharp chest pain before collapsing in his house.

His driver and family members rush him to the Karen Hospital which is just a few Kilometres from his house.

Saturday 1.45am: Doctors at the Karen Hospital declare Rtd Maj General Nkaissery dead and notify his family.

The cause of death was still not clear by the time of publishing this article.

Saturday 3.45am: Chief of Staff and Head of the Public Service Joseph Kinyua shares a statement confirming the death of the Cabinet Secretary.

In the statement, Mr Kinyua says the CS died at Karen Hospital in Nairobi a few hours after being admitted for a check-up. He does not divulge the cause of the minister’s death.

Saturday 5am: The body of the CS is taken to the Lee Funeral Home for preservation.

Many leaders and family members later arrive to view his body on Saturday morning.

Detectives probe CS Joseph Nkaissery death

Detective have launched investigations into the sudden death of Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery.

Scene of crime detectives on Saturday pitched tent at Nkaissery’s home in Karen Hardy, Nairobi.

The investigators were piecing together the CS’s last moments.

The first team arrived at the minister’s home in the morning and was joined by a different team at around 3pm.The entrance to the house was cordoned off and journalists kept out of the premises.

The gate to the house remained shut with limited access to police officers and close family members.

Some of those who visited the home are Kajiado North MP Joseph Manje, Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji and Former Kibwezi MP Kalembe Ndile.

Friends who had arrived to console the family were also kept waiting outside the premises pending police investigations.

A separate team of investigators camped at the Bomas of Kenya, one of the places late Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery visited last night.

Bomas, a tourist destination that displays traditional villages belonging to the several Kenyan tribes in Langata, Nairobi, was cordoned off as a crime scene.

Joseph Nkaissery cared for needy, loved his beer

The late Joseph Nkaissery was a very social man until President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed him to head the Interior docket on December 2, 2014.

According to those who were close to him, the then Kajiado Central MP would talk to everyone, share personal challenges and also debate the current affairs, among other things.

He cared for the needy and would not hesitate to offer help.

Joseph Nkaissery Loved Bear

Tusker was his favourite drink at his frequent joint — Bomas of Kenya Lounge.

He would take two and at most three beers before retiring to his home.

At the lounge, he liked watching BBC. Waiters were always desirous of serving the soft spoken man.

Joseph Nkaissery knew people by their first names. According to one of his closest friends, who did not want to go on record, Nkaissery was a regular at Bomas of Kenya Lounge even before his appointment.

The CS would have drinks and chat with other revellers before leaving.

“Whenever he came, he would sit at the public counter, order drinks and even offer to pay for the other patrons. However, things changed the moment he was appointed to the Cabinet,” the source said.

Joseph Nkaissery Status

The source said that during his time as the CS, “Nkaissery would come and say jambo to us at the public lounge then proceed to the private lounge because his lifestyle had changed”.

His advance team comprising a driver, personal assistant and bodyguard would arrive before he did – like they did on the day he died – to examine the place and identify the waiter to serve him.

“We noticed he didn’t like the trappings of a CS because he liked mingling with people freely.

“But what he never did was to expose the inside of the government,” he said, noting the high level discipline that accompanies military personnel even in retirement.

Details of Joseph Nkaissery conversation with Kajiado County Commissioner Harsama Kello

On Friday evening at around 7.30 am, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery called Kajiado County Commissioner Harsama Kello and told him about a fundraiser he was scheduled to attend in Ngatataek in aid of needy school children.

“He told me he would pick me up, in Kajiado, at around 11 am so that I could accompany him to the fundraiser,” Mr Kello said.

“Little did I know that that would be the last time I would be speaking to my boss.”

Ilbisil Town

Ngatataek is about 15 kilometres from Ilbisil town, two kilometres from Rtd Maj Gen Nkaissery’s home.

The town is around 100 kilometres from Nairobi, along Namanga Road.

The people of the dusty town woke up to the shocking news that the Cabinet secretary was no more.

They were trying to come to terms with the fact that the man they expected to meet in Ngatataek would not show up.

“We have lost our father Nkaissery; he took good care of the Maasai people,” Lesan Nchakarian, a resident of Ilbisil, said.

“We request the government to give the seat back to the people of Kajiado. That seat has always been with us.”

They gathered in small groups discussing the tragedy.

Joseph Nkaissery’s Wife Hospitalised Hours After Husband’s Death

The wife of the late Interior CS, Joseph Nkaissery, Hellen Nkaissery, has been admitted to a Nairobi hospital with high blood pressure, Kajiado Central MP Elijah Memusi has confirmed.

Speaking at the Lee Funeral Home Saturday, July 8 morning, where the late CS Nkaissery’s body was moved, Memusi said Mrs Nkaissery is responding well to treatment and that her condition has been stabilised.

Memusi claims Mrs Nkaissery developed a high blood pressure after receiving the heartbreaking news about her husband’s demise.

Joseph Ole Nkaissery is Dead - Friends and relatives at the Lee Funeral Home

Joseph Ole Nkaissery is Dead – Friends and relatives at the Lee Funeral Home

President Kenyatta Morns Joseph Nkaissery

“Today is a sad day for Kenya and all our people. We lost a gallant officer, an officer who has for the most part of his life served with total dedication and love for his country. Maj General Joseph Nkaissery was a man who believed in this country, believed in the principles and foundation on which this country was built.

A man who dedicated most of his life to serving this great nation. I personally have lost a friend, a colleague, whom as late as yesterday we spent part of the day praying together for peace for this country, whom as late as 9.30 last night we were discussing issues pertaining and relating to peace, to unity in this country. Indeed on one of his last notes he spent discussing his great passion, which was Kenya’s preparedness for the Junior Athletics (IAAF U18 Championships) that is supposed to commence in the next few days.

I take this opportunity to offer my personal condolences to his family, his wife and children in particular, to his friends, the Maa community, who have lost a great leader in their community. I call on Kenyans across the political divide to mourn in peace and to uphold his singular mission of a peaceful united Kenya.

More details will be given out in the course of the day as with the circumstances of this unfortunate and untimely death. But even as we wait for those results of the postmortem so that we can all properly understand the cause of death, I ask Kenyans to be calm, I ask Kenyans to be united.”

Kenyans Mourn The Fallen Hero Joseph Nkaissery

Kenyans woke up to a rude shock Saturday morning with the breaking news that the Interior cabinet secretary Joseph Nkaissery has died.

Some went on social media with messages of condolences, describing him as a leader who was dedicated to serving the country. Some Kenyans on twitter described him as the only toughest minister known besides Michuki.

Using the hash tag #RIPGeneralNkaiserry, most Kenyans described the Late CS Nkaissery as a true Kenyan servant, a loyalist. It was also evident that most Kenyans would remember him for improving security in the country, especially when it came to the fight against Al Shabaab.

The following are some of the tweets

@VinceChepkwony Death is so cruel and such an equalizer, I didn’t like him at all but feels sad that he had to go this way #RIPGeneralNkaiserry ALSO READ: Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery is dead

@koecharlesk #RIPGeneralNkaiserry We needed you but God needed you more. Rest In Peace General

@ngeleali Death comes to all of us. It’s the one thing man can never predict. It is a reminder to all of us how fleeting life is. #RIPGeneralNkaiserry

@SamatarGuleid We belong to God and we shall all return to him, You plan n God plans #RIPNkaissery #RIPGeneralNkaiserry

@omokemwa #RIPGeneralNkaiserry A great leader who stood for his principles. You will forever remain in the young hearts who aspire to pursue power. You were a great son of this nation who executed his duties dully and diligently without any fear. Thanks for ur service #RIPGeneralNkaiserry

@MbuguaSheila1 #RIPGeneralNkaiserry you died a hero, you did your best in protecting this nation

@arapKanda Thank for your Service Gen Nkaissery. Over 40 years serving and 29of those in military service. #RIPGeneralNkaiserry #RIPNkaissery

Joseph Nkaissery Biography

Joseph Nkaissery was born on 28th November 1949. He is the Cabinet Secretary Internal Security and Coordination of National Government. He is also a Senior elder of the Maasai community.

On 2 December 2014, Joseph Nkaissery was nominated by President Uhuru Kenyatta for the post of Cabinet Secretary for Internal Security, to replace Joseph Ole Lenku

Prior to his nomination he was the member of parliament for Kajiado Central constituency on an Orange Democratic Movement ticket.

Joseph Nkaissery Education Background

1997- 1967: Student at United States Army College, USA for Post graduate Diploma, strategic Leadership and Management

1996 -1997: Student at Kennedy School Havard University,USA for Leadership and Development

1985 – 1986: Student at Defence staff college Military Academy in Dehra Dun, India

1971 – 1972: Student at Kenyatta College now Kenyatta University, Degree in Education but dropped after a year.

1967 -1970: Secondary School Student at Olkejuado High School

1960 -1966: Primary School Student at Ilbisil Primary School

Joseph Nkaissery Political Positions

10th March 2013 -2nd December 2014: Member of Parliament for Kajiado Central

13th February 2013 – 2014: Coalition Member of Coalition for Reforms & Democracy

2007 – 2014: Member of Orange Democratic Movement

2008 – 4th March 2013: Member of Parliament for Kajiado Central

2008 – 4th March 2013: Assistant Minister for Defence of Cabinet

2003 -2007: Member of Parliament for Kajiado Central

Joseph Nkaissery Job History

Started December 2002: Commandant of Armed Forces Training College & GOC Westcom

1999 – 2002: GOC Western  of Kenya Army

1997 -1998: Deputy Commandant/Chief Instructor

1994 → 1996: Brigade Commander of Kenya Army

1992 -1993: Chief of Personnel of Kenya Army

1987 – 1991: Military Assistant to the Chief of General Staff of Kenya Army

1986- 1987:  Battalion Second in Command of Kenya Army

1982- 1986: Combat Instructor of Kenya Army

Joseph Nkaissery Family

Joseph Nkaissery is married to Hellen Nkaissery.

Joseph Nkaissery Age

Joseph Nkaissery was aged 67 at the time of his death.

10 Things to Know About Joseph Ole Nkaissery

  1. He was born in November 28 1949 (65 years ago) and served in the army since 1973. In 1987 he was appointed the Military Assistant to the Chief of General Staff.
  2. He was in the pioneer education class (B. Ed) at the Kenyatta College, now Kenyatta University in 1971 but dropped out after one year of studying.
  3. His last job in the army before retiring was as a commandant of the Armed Forces Training College and GOC Westcom. He retired in December 2002 after 29 years of service.
  4. He has held the parliamentary seat for Kajiado central since 2003 when he trounced David Sankori of Kanu
  5. In 2009, he was part of the William Ntimama – led group that was opposed to a deal between the government and Rift Valley leaders for Mau evictees to be compensated. They called for their immediate eviction to save the country from environmental degradation.
  6. In 2010, he told parliament that two Kenyan soldiers, Senior Sergeant Jonathan Kipkosgei Kangogo and Corporal Evan Mutoro, had been captured in Somalia on July 24. This was before Kenya Defense Forces went into Somalia.
  7.  It was during his tenure as Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Defence that Kenya Defence Forces invaded Somalia and in 2011 the Operation Linda Nchi launched. Kenya signed agreement with Somali’s defence ministry for collaboration in the fight against Al-Shabaab.
  8. In November 2010, along with Defence Minister Yusuf Hajj, fellow assistant David Musila and Military head Julius Karangi appeared before a parliamentary committee on a controversy over the purchase of used Air Force jets from Jordan.
  9. While doubling as an assistant minister and MP, he always attended parliament sittings and was at one point lauded while other ministers and their assistants were blacklisted for failing to respond to scheduled questions.
  10. Joseph Nkaissery is the forth politician in the Jubilee cabinet.

A Rare Interview with Joseph Nkaissery Wife Hellen Nkaissery

From the military into politics, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Nkaissery is known to be a no-nonsense man. His wife, Hellen Nkaissery, gives us a sneak of the other side

How did you meet Nkaissery?

Hellen Nkaissery: In our Maasai community, only a few were lucky to go to school. So, all the ‘educated’ people knew each other. The first time we met, I was in primary school while he was in secondary school.

But we lost touch and came to meet later in life. We have been married for 37 years now and we have four children.

Describe Nkaissery’s character in three words.

Hellen Nkaissery: He’s neat, hardworking and strategic.

He is known to be a no-nonsense man. How is he at home?

Hellen Nkaissery: He is jovial and loves cracking jokes. He’s a staunch Christian and always starts his day with prayers and thereafter goes for workout. He never misses his 40 minutes exercise, no matter how tight his schedule is.

Does he stick to this regimen even when he’s out of the country?

Hellen Nkaissery: Yes. I remember there was a time we were in a plane for 18 hours and when we alighted, as I was busy finding a place for us to spend the night, he was looking for a place he’d do his exercises! He was in military for 29 years.

How did his schedule at work affect his family?

Hellen Nkaissery: We got married when he was a young military officer and he used to travel a lot. Most of the time, I was alone with the children. When our children started schooling, we decided to stay in Nairobi for his convenience.

He would be posted away from home at times and any opportunity he got, he spent valuable time with the family.

When did he start displaying leadership qualities?

Hellen Nkaissery: When he was in high school, he brought students together to form Matapato Students Association. They saved part of their pocket money and whatever little money they would get to put up a nursery school.

Even when he started working, every year he had a project he was supporting, ranging from church to school and water projects. He would initiate partnerships with some of his colleagues at the military to fund-raise for the projects.

Some of the schools he started from scratch are Maparasha Primary School and Ilbissil Girls Secondary School both in Kajiado. He did all these even before he joined politics.

So, how did he get into politics?

Hellen Nkaissery: There was a lot of pressure from the community. At last he gave in. He did not know where to start and how to conduct his campaigns but surprisingly, the Maasai people believed in him.

In 2002 he vied for the Member of Parliament of Kajiado Central and captured the seat. He did a three-months campaign, which was quite unbelievable. Being a man in charge of security can ruffle many feathers.

Does he face any threats when doing his job?

Hellen Nkaissery: Threats are always there but we believe in standing for the truth, doing the best and leaving the rest to God. He always tells us that there is no job that doesn’t have threats.

That you should not focus on threats while discharging your duties. In fact, he says he faced more threats while he was in the military than in politics! Women are attracted to men in power and those who are financially stable.

Have you had any experience of women who are after him?

Hellen Nkaissery: (Laughs) I have not experienced that, I thank God. Maybe his no-nonsense character has saved me from that.

What attributes do you admire most in him?

Hellen Nkaissery: He is the most humble person I have ever met. Secondly, he always encourages me and has really built me as a person. He will never stop at anything that would add value to my life.

For instance, he supported me to attend the International Women’s Conference in 1995 in Beijing, China. He did this because he wanted me to understand global women issues and also for me to grow strong as a woman.

What do you do for him on special days?

Hellen Nkaissery: My husband does not love surprises. So, most of the time we go for an outing as a family and enjoy ourselves. He is also into athletics… Yes.

In fact, when he joined Parliament in 2003, he formed a team of MPs interested in taking part in marathon races. They would travel abroad such as, Poland to compete. He even won a silver medal in Poland in 2005. He usually run in the 20-25 kilometers race.

What are some of his weaknesses?

Hellen Nkaissery: When he is driving a point home, you would think he is going to pounce on you the next minute. But it’s just a way of stressing what he believes in. Some people see this as being tough and because of this, they feel he is inaccessible.

What else is he involved in?

Hellen Nkaissery: My husband and I are dairy farmers.

What is his plan for the future?

Hellen Nkaissery: He is passionate about his work and when he decides to do something, he gives it his best. When the time comes when his services will no longer be needed, he will be more than happy to go back to his home and continue herding his cows.

Credit: The People Daily

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