It has come as a shock to the people of the Republic as prominent personalities die in quick succession, in a span of two weeks. These include persons who have served in top government positions for years since independence.
He has served in senior positions in all the governments of Kenya since independence, at some point, serving as the Internal Security Minister. At the time of his death, he was the Senator of Laikipia County, the home of the biggest foreign owned ranches in Kenya.
Major General (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery
The Major General started as a cadet in the first post-independence government, rising to the coveted rank of Major General in the second president’s government. He resigned to join politics and served as a member of Parliament during the third president’s tenure. At the time of his death, he was the Cabinet Secretary on charge of Internal Security and Coordination of Government.
Nicknamed ‘Total Man’, he started his career under the Office of the President in the first post-independence government. He is most famous for serving under the second President’s tenure, where he was a powerful and one of the most feared Minister. He is among the richest person in the country, if not Africa, owning majority shares in over 10 international companies with interests in almost all sectors of the economy.
Amb. Bethuel Kiplagat
He is most famous as the former Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) Chairman. However, he worked in various positions in the previous governments, culminating to the position of Permanent Secretary, the Accounting Officer of a Ministry.
Previously, Kiplagat worked with the National Christian Council of Kenya, served as an Ambassador to France, the High Commissioner to UK, and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.