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.
She drew unprecedented emotions when she said the day her late husband, Joseph Nkaissery, died was her greatest moment in life.
“He arrived home the happiest man I have never seen in our marriage. He smiled wide and felt my presence with warmth like never seen before.”
“I remember vividly what transpired on that fateful day. I had just had a meeting with more than 500 women in Kajiado Central.”
“After that, I arrived home here in Bissil and decided that I will be with my husband on that Friday,” she said.
“I called my husband’s drivers to come and pick me from my rural home and there was no vehicle.
“I was later told the only vehicle available was my husband’s chase car. I told them to come over, and I arrived at our Karen home in good time.”
At Karen, Hellen said she called her husband and informed him she was already in Nairobi.
“He sounded great and loving on the phone. He later arrived home at 9pm and, as usual, made several calls to his friends and later talked to the President,” she said.
At 11 pm, Hellen said she went directly to bed and her husband went to pray within the house before following her to bed.
“He came to bed and we slept. After about 20 minutes, I heard my husband wake up and walked out of the bed.
“I thought he was going to the toilet but a few seconds later, I heard a loud bang on our bedroom table. I woke up to find him on the floor.
“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.