SHOCK as a man ‘resurrects’ after three hours in morgue

SHOCK as a man ‘resurrects’ after three hours in morgue

There was drama at Kapkatet sub-county hospital in Kericho on Tuesday night when a 32-year-old man who had been presumed dead and taken to the mortuary regained consciousness close to three hours later.

Mortuary attendants were getting ready to embalm Peter Kigen’s body when they noticed some movements.

Kigen, a resident of Kibwastuiyo village in Bureti Constituency, is said to have collapsed while at home before his family took him to the hospital.

His younger brother, Kevin Kipkurui, said he was present when Kigen collapsed. With the help of their cousin, they took Kigen to the hospital at 5.30 pm.

“When we arrived at the casualty department, we met a doctor who asked us to register the details of the patient at the reception while he attended to him,” Kipkurui, who was still in shock, told Reactor Review reporter.

After registering the patient, Kipkurui said he was again asked to the National Hospital Insurance Fund desk for further documentation of his brother.

Kigen reportedly suffers from a chronic illness.

“When I went back to the casualty department at around 7.45 pm, I learned my brother was dead. A nurse told me that he died long before we arrived at the hospital,” Kipkurui said.

He added: “The nurse later handed me a document to take to the mortuary attendant before my brother’s body was moved to the morgue.”

However, at 10.30 pm, Kipkuriu said, as they were waiting for the embalming of Kigen’s body, they were informed that in fact, he was not dead.

Mortuary attendants who mummified the body told them that Kigen had regained consciousness.

“The mortician called me into the morgue and we saw him make movements. We were shocked. We could not understand how they could move a person who is still alive into the mortuary,” Kipkurui said.

Kigen, who spoke from his hospital bed yesterday, said he was shocked to learn that he was thought to have died and even taken to the mortuary.

“I cannot believe what just happened. How did they establish that I was dead?” he said.

Kirui, who donned his light-blue hospital uniform, was nevertheless happy to be alive and vowed to dedicate his life to evangelism once he’s discharged from the hospital.

“I did not even know where I was when I regained consciousness, but I thank God for sparing my life. I will serve him for the rest of my life,” he said.

The hospital’s medical superintendent Gilbert Cheruiyot said Kigen was in critical condition when he was brought in.

Dr Cheruiyot said: “His relatives presumed he was dead and did not even wait for certification of death. They moved him to the mortuary, on their own.”

He said the clinical officers at the casualty were busy attending to other critically ill patients when Kigen was brought in, including an epileptic and a diabetic patient.

“They asked Kigen’s relatives to give them some time but they accused the clinicians of taking too much time and decided to take him to the mortuary. It was while the mortician was getting ready to embalm his body that she noticed some signs of life,” said Cheruiyot. He said the mortician informed the team at the casualty department which took Kigen back and begun resuscitating him. The process took three hours before the patient was stabilized.

“The patient was later taken to the ward and is responding well to treatment. We hope to discharge him in a few days,” Dr. Cheruiyot said yesterday.

He added: “I advise those bringing their loved ones to the hospital to follow the laid down regulations. Before a body is moved to the mortuary, it has to be certified by a clinician. In Kigen’s case, we can only say he was lucky, especially because of our qualified mortician who checked him before making any move,” said Cheruiyot.

The bizarre incident saw local MCAs, led by the Majority Leader Hezron Kipngeno, storm the hospital. This is after Chelanget MCA Hezborn Tonui demanded a statement from the heath committee over the incident that shocked the county.

Nigerian Tycoon who met Ruto in Dubai funding his Hustler Projects in Kenya

Nigerian Tycoon who met Ruto in Dubai funding his Hustler Projects in Kenya

Nigerian political activist Timi Frank who met Deputy President William Ruto in Dubai revealed that he is running a project in Kenya.

He revealed in an interview that he is trying to mobilize Kenyan youth to actively engage in politics in order to change governments across Africa.

“My prayer and dream are to see how the youth of Africa can come together, the youth of Africa must get involved in politics. We must not sit down and criticize, we must come to the field.

“This is my campaign to every youth in Kenya, they must get involved in politics, the only way we can make things work is our involvement. We must not sit down and complain, we must participate,” he noted.

The controversial political activist is wanted in his home country of Nigeria for various accusations including defamation.

Frank made a low key visit to Kenya back in August and claimed that he met Ruto alongside a number of high profile politicians.

The tycoon was particularly impressed by Embakasi East MP Babu Owino who is among the youthful legislators in Parliament.

“I’m very happy I met the young man, Honourable Babu, for the first time. He is 32 and is one of the youngest parliamentarians in Kenya, so that is the dream of my thinking and future prayer.

“We must come together to work and build a strong synergy and build a better Africa of Nyerere’s, Kwame Nkrumah, Patrice Lumumba, and Thomas Sankara,” he added.

Ruto traveled out of the country on Thursday after a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday, November 18.

The country’s second in command met with former Nigeria Vice President Atiku Abubakar in Dubai, UAE, on Friday, November 20, who is a close associate to Frank.

DP Ruto’s chief blogger, Dennis Itumbi going for CS Matiang’i jugular

DP Ruto’s chief blogger, Dennis Itumbi going for CS Matiang’i jugular

The Ruaraka land saga has resurfaced yet again with DP Ruto’s chief propagandist, blogger Dennis Itumbi seeking to sue Interior CS Fred Matiang’i over alleged irregular compensation amounting to billions of shillings.

Itumbi who has filed an application at the Milimani Anti-Corruption Court Chief Magistrates Court has named the CS as the first respondent in the matter that he wants to be certified as extremely urgent in which he claims Kenyan taxpayers lost Ksh. 1.5 billion.

Itumbi states that Dr. Matiang’i who was in charge of the Ministry of Education at the time, initiated the process of compulsory acquisition of part of L.R No. 7879/4 situated in Ruaraka for the benefit of two governments learning institutions namely; Drive-In Primary School and Ruaraka High School.

He alleges that Matiang’i ignored the recommendations in the Quality Assurance and Standard Investigative Report that advised that the land where the two government learning institutions were situated was public land and that the two companies Afrison Export-Import Limited and Huelands Limited had no basis to be compensated.

“In the process of undertaking this noble project, the Kenyan taxpayers lost Ksh. 1,500,000,000 due to the 1st Respondent’s abuse of office, negligence, conspiracy and/or collusion” part of the application reads.

The controversial blogger is now seeking to be granted permission to conduct private prosecution defending his action as an initiative to neutralize what he says is an attempt to stifle the criminal justice system.

The timing is however suspicious as this comes hot on the heels of the surprise surrender of a Kenyan lawyer wanted by the International Criminal Court for witness tampering.

Paul Gicheru, a highly connected advocate and the current chairman of the Export Processing Zone Authority, was slapped with an international arrest warrant in 2015 for alleged witness interference in the Ruto case.
However, in a surprise twist, the ICC announced that Gicheru had surrendered to Dutch authorities in the Netherlands, in what could pose a new headache to the DP.
The news about Gicheru triggered anxiety in Ruto’s political camp of fresh efforts to revive his ICC case ahead of the 2022 polls.

The DP had publicly alleged a grand scheme within the government to scuttle his presidential bid, including reviving the ICC case. Ruto was never acquitted by the ICC. His case was terminated with a rider that he could be prosecuted, in the future, if new evidence is available. Gicheru and Philip Kipkoech Bett are wanted by the ICC for allegedly influencing six witnesses that led to the collapse of the case against Ruto and former journalist Sang’.

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda alleges that Gicheru and his co-accused Bett paid or offered each of the six prosecution witnesses between Sh500,000 and Sh5 million to pull out as witnesses.

It also emerged that the decision by the Public Service Commission (PSC) to sack Dennis Itumbi and four other PSCU directors was initiated through a letter authored by Interior CS Fred Matiang’i.

Matiang’i, in a letter dated Monday 16th of March 2020, asked the PSC to declare the positions of five PSCU directors redundant following reorganization in how State House handled public communications.
And just two days later (March 18), Matiang’i’s request was fulfilled as the holders of the above positions were given letters informing them of the termination of their contracts.

In a response to the minister’s letter, the PSC said on Wednesday, March 18, that “it had considered your request for the abolishment of the five positions”.

SENATE house of Shame? Stray sex jibe chat brings Senate meeting to an abrupt end

SENATE house of Shame? Stray sex jibe chat brings Senate meeting to an abrupt end

A parliamentary committee meeting ended prematurely after a senator inadvertently posted an indecent comment during a Zoom session.

The virtual meeting had been called yesterday to grill the directors of companies entangled in the controversial procurement of COVID-19 essentials to the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa).

Angelica Medical Director Nicholas Gitonga was being grilled by the Senate Health Committee when Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga requested that the witness should show his face when addressing participants.

“We need to see who is addressing us. From his expression, we can deduce so much from the witness. Let him be told to show us his image,” Omanga told committee chairman Michael Mbito.

Fellow Senators agreed with Omanga, with Wajir Senator Abdirahman Ali saying it should be a rule that all witnesses and members who appear on the virtual platform should always reveal their identities.

But as Gitonga’s grilling was going on, it would appear that some Senators were using Zoom’s in-meeting chat feature to send private messages to each other.

One Senator wrote “ni kama chairman amekula (name withheld)” (Looks like the chairman has slept with …) and sent the message to the entire group.

The comment did not immediately cause a stir until the Senator realised it was visible to everyone and spoke out, saying it was wrong and done in jest to the female Senator he had named.

Apologise

“Mr Chairman, on a point of order, I want to apologies for what I have written. I was only joking with her and I did not wish to share it with everyone,” he said.

The session was interrupted as all participants turned their attention to the in-meeting chat and the embarrassing message.

Some Senators, including their female colleague, tried to downplay the incident, saying there was nothing to apologize about and that the meeting should proceed.

But as the exchanges continued, the humiliated chairman abruptly left the Zoom meeting. The female Senator was the next to leave before the rest followed suit. The meeting ended without an official adjournment.

Not long ago, the same Senate left Kenyans with distaste when Millicent Omanga And Gideon Moi Were Caught Having ‘Kukumanga’ Discussion In Senate. Gideon Moi was called to order by the House Speaker of the day and out of nowhere, Gideon started the Kukumanga debate. “You Mr speaker, saying Senator kukumanga I don’t know…,” Gideon said.

Millicent Omanga also sort clarification of the same mentioning that she is a leader in SDA and she did not want to be misunderstood.

However, the rest of the Senators would have none of their explanations and insisted that might be the conversation they were having between them.

During the session, the committee had quizzed Gitonga on how Angelica Medical had found out that Kemsa was seeking to purchase COVID-19 essentials, and how his company was invited and awarded tenders yet there had been no public advertisement.

In response, the director said they became aware there was need for vital commodities from health officials. “The information came to us through our trading activities with them. That was when we found out the things they needed. We then advised them that we had the supplies.”

According to Gitonga, the company sent a letter of intent to KEMSA to initiate the supply process. “We wrote to them indicating what we had in stock. Then we received a commitment letter from them after which we delivered the items to their warehouses.”

Others scheduled to appear before the committee were directors of Shop n Buy Limited, Bell Industries and Briema Grainstores Limited.

The manner in which the companies were awarded tenders as the Government scrambled to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic has been the subject of investigations by several parliamentary committees in both the National Assembly and the Senate.

On Wednesday, suspended KEMSA CEO Jonah Manjari was at pains to explain to the National Assembly’s Public Investment Committee how companies that were not pre-qualified to supply goods to the agency got wind of the lucrative tenders.

When Shop n Buy proprietor James Chelule appeared before the National Assembly’s Health Committee, he could not clearly outline how his company was picked to supply medical goods worth Sh970 million. Chelule said the tender was his first business deal and engagement with KEMSA. Curiously, his company was registered on February 14, 2020, barely a month before the first COVID-19 case was reported in the country.

Another Nakuru Ward Rep Samuel Mbugua die of Suspected Covid-19

Another Nakuru Ward Rep Samuel Mbugua die of Suspected Covid-19

Nakuru County Assembly is mourning the death of yet another member, London Ward Representative Samuel Karanja Mbugua, who died on Wednesday night.

This is the second MCA in Nakuru to pass on within a period of two weeks, and the third in one year.

Nakuru Assembly Speaker Joel Kairu on Thursday confirmed that Mr. Mbugua died after a short illness while undergoing treatment at the Nakuru War Memorial Hospital.

“The grim reaper has once again robbed Nakuru another of its committed and hardworking ward representatives. It is a sad day. On behalf of the assembly, I wish to send our message of condolences to his family and the people of London Ward,” said Mr. Kairu.

Mr. Kairu described the late Mbugua as a selfless, committed, and active ward representative.

Drove himself to hospital

Sources told the Reactor Review news desk that the MCA drove himself to the hospital on Tuesday and was diagnosed with liver and pancreas failure before he later developed breathing complications.

“He had earlier sought treatment at a Nakuru private hospital before he visited the War Memorial Hospital,” said the source.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui mourned Mr. Mbugua, saying he was a dedicated, selfless leader who served with passion.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing on of Mr. Mbugua. The MCA had a unique responsibility of representing a highly multi-ethnic ward, which gave him a broader and more balanced political approach. He was an honest and hardworking leader who displayed great zeal in resolving his constituents’ problems,” stated Mr. Kinyanjui.

“The sheng-speaking MCA was an easy-going, likable leader who had no time for petty disagreements.
Nakuru has lost a peacemaker par excellence. At this difficult moment of sorrow, our hearts and prayers go to his family, friends, and constituents,” the governor added.

Huge loss

Nakuru Jubilee Party Secretary-General Peter Mtumishi Cheruiyot described the death as a huge loss to the county’s residents and the party.

“I have received with sadness news of the passing on of London Ward MCA Mr. Mbugua. As a party, we have lost one of the most dependable and committed leaders. My sincere condolences to his family. May he rest in eternal peace,” stated Mr. Cheruiyot.

Mr. Mbugua is the second MCA in Nakuru to pass on within a period of two weeks and a third in one year.

Hell’s MCA John Njuguna alias WaSussy succumbed to Covid-19 complications last week while receiving treatment at a Nakuru hospital.

At the assembly, the late Mbugua was the vice chairman of the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources committee.

He was also a member of the Lands, Housing and Physical Planning, Health Services, and Labour and Social Welfare Planning committees.

His last public appearance was on Saturday in Naivasha during the burial ceremony of the Hell’s Gate MCA.

Tangatanga Senator battling Covid-19 loses brother to the virus

Tangatanga Senator battling Covid-19 loses brother to the virus

DP Ruto’s point man and Meru Senator Mithika Linturi who is battling Covid-19 have lost his younger brother to the pandemic.

Linturi broke the news of his brother’s death on Tuesday evening saying the sibling had died while undergoing treatment in a Nairobi based hospital where he had been admitted for days.

“As a family, this news is devastating and we ask for your prayers during this difficult period,” Linturi who is recuperating from a Covid-19 disease posted on social media saying arrangements for his brother’s sendoff were being made.

The deceased, Charles Kinyua Linturi, worked at the senator’s construction company and was described by most acquaintances as friendly and outgoing. He leaves behind a young family.

Lately, DP Ruto’s tanga tanga faction has been accused of spreading the virus through their many congested public gatherings. DP Ruto has since scaled down meetings in wake of Covid-19 second wave

The Linturi’s are among the prominent Meru leaders and business elite who have been infected in recent weeks as the pandemic spread alarmingly in the area.

Others who have battled the infection include one member of the National Assembly. The deceased include three prominent businessmen operating in Nkubu township in South Imenti and Dr Faith Miriti who worked at the Meru Level 5 Hospital.

On Tuesday, the Meru county government announced a three-week closure for all services except emergency and critical operations until December 7 to stem a growing tide of infections.

“All departments shall suspend their operations for the stated period, except those that that are offering critical services, namely; Health Department, Emergency Services, Environment/Cleaning Services, Enforcement and Finance that will retain a skeleton staff,” Governor Kiraitu Murungi announced.

Sources in the county government said the move was after many employees in one unit that offers regular support services to the governor’s office tested positive after staff were asked to take mandatory tests.

“In this unit, 12 of the 16 staffers turned positive although all are asymptomatic at the moment,” said the source.

Kiraitu said North Imenti sub-county which is the area where Meru town headquarters are located was leading in the number of positive cases reported in the county.

So far, the county had tested 3,935 samples with 619 turning positive.

As of Tuesday, 46 people had died of Covid-19 in the region.

“All departments shall suspend their operations for the stated period, except those that that are offering critical services, namely; Health department, Emergency Services, Environment/Cleaning Services, Enforcement and Finance that will retain a skeleton staff,” Governor Kiraitu Murungi announced.

Sources in the county government said the move was after many employees in one unit that offers regular support services to the governor’s office tested positive after staff were asked to take mandatory tests.