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“Kibaki Is Okay” Secretary Downplays Former President’s Death Rumours

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Kenyans On Twitter on Saturday July 25 woke up to Lee Funeral Home trending as the hottest topic on Twitter for the day.

Speculations were immediately ignited on confirming the presence of heavy security at the facility.

Some thought it was the body of Wendy Muthoni, Water CS Sicily Kariuki’s daughter, being collected for burial. Others said that former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa’s body had been moved to the funeral home.

Even more alarming was the fact that Kenya’s third president Mwai Kibaki had passed away. However his personal secretary Ngari Gituku was swift to dismiss the rumours.

Former President Mwai Kibaki with President Uhuru Kenyatta. Source: Hivisasa

Explaining to Kenyans.co.ke , Gituku acknowledged that he had seen the reports and confirmed that the former president was okay.

“It is utter nonsense and madness,” Gituku stated as he dismissed the rumors.

The speculations stemmed from the fact that the funeral home is known for being the default mortuary where the bodies of influential and rich Kenyans are preserved after their demise.

Blogger Robert Alai narrated that the heavy security presence was present because the United Nations (UN) had contracted the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) to build a special isolation facility in Nairobi Hospital’s old wing.

File image of Lee Funeral Home. Source: The Standard

“Ok! The Lee Funeral issue is not death of anyone.The UN contracted KDF to build a special isolation facility for its East and Central Africa staff in the old wing of Nairobi Hospital,” he tweeted.

“KDF contractors are just moving in to setup the UN COVID-19 facility.”

The UN entered into a partnership with Nairobi Hospital for a Ksh1.1 billion facility that will be constructed within eight weeks.

It will have a 150 beds with 25 in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 50 in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).

The facility will also include an operating theater, laboratory, pharmacy as well as radiology diagnostics.


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