The government through Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has responded to reports that Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula’s brother, Tony Waswa, may have died of the deadly COVID-19.
Speaking to the press outside Afya House, CS Kagwe was asked whether the Senator may have been exposed and whether he would put his colleagues at risk in case his brother died of Coronavirus.
Responding, he noted that he could not ascertain until contact tracing was done, highly suggesting that Waswa could have died of COVID-19.
Deviating from the question, he said that health officials would further investigate the issue.
“We cannot respond to that question until we have done the contact tracing [to establish whether Waswa’s contact persons were exposed to coronavirus or not], and indeed certified that what you are saying [that Tony Waswa died of coronavirus] is correct,” – Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe
Security was tight Wednesday in Mukhweya village as Waswa was laid to rest.
Antony Waswa, 48, succumbed to apparent COVID-19 complications in Nairobi last week.
At the time of his death, Waswa was the personal assistant of his other brother Tim Wanyonyi who is the MP for Westlands.
Both Wetangula and Wanyonyi were present during the burial.
Dozens of residents who wanted to attend the burial event were denied entry into the compound by security officers.
Only 60 people, including local leaders were allowed to attend.
The family had last week announced Waswa as having died at the Aga Khan Hospital where he was being treated for a “short illness”.
Bungoma County health workers who attended the burial wore hazmat suits and backpack sprayers, which they used to sanitize the casket of the departed, raising questions on whether he succumbed to Coronavirus.
Another COVID-19 burial procedure that was adhered to was wrapping the coffin in a sheet of translucent polythene.
Waswa’s burial ceremony reportedly lasted less than 15 minutes.