President Uhuru Kenyatta, retired President Daniel Arap Moi and Nasa Presidential candidate Raila Odinga have led the nation in mourning the death of the late Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, who passed on this morning at the Karen Hospital.
"Today is a sad day for Kenya and all our people. We lost a gallant officer, an officer who has for the most part of his life served with total dedication and love for his country. Major General Joseph Nkaissery was a man who believed in this country, believed in the principles and foundation on which this country was built.” President Uhuru said.
“A man who dedicated most of his life to serving this great nation. I personally have lost a friend, a colleague, whom as late as yesterday we spent part of the day praying together for peace for this country, whom as late as 9.30 last night we were discussing issues pertaining and relating to peace, to unity in this country. Indeed on one of his last notes he spent discussing his great passion, which was Kenya’s preparedness for the Junior Athletics (IAAF U18 Championships) that is supposed to commence in the next few days.”
“I take this opportunity to offer my personal condolences to his family, his wife and children in particular, to his friends, the Maa community, who have lost a great leader in their community. I call on Kenyans across the political divide to mourn in peace and to uphold his singular mission of a peaceful united Kenya.” Uhuru added.
“The cruel hand of death has robbed the country one of her most illustrious sons,” former President Daniel Arap Moi said.
“Nkaissery was a man with a good heart; he never carried grudges and made friends across the political divide with ease,” he added.
"The passing of Joseph Nkaissery is a huge loss for Kenya and for the Maasai people. He was a political giant in a region that has produced many, and his loss will be felt for years to come. I offer my deepest-felt condolences to his family and loved ones," said Raila in a statement.