Cardiac arrest, fractured ribs leading causes of Kajwang’s death-report

Homa Bay senator Otieno Kajwang’ died of complications related to a heart attack and internal injuries, a medical report has revealed.

The post mortem, conducted at the Lee funeral home by government pathologist Johansen Oduor, showed that Kajwang’s blood vessels supplying oxygen to the heart narrowed (coronary artery disease) and six of his ribs were fractured.

The fractures resulted from an accident he was involved in on Friday in Homa Bay county.

The procedure, conducted before family pathologist Emily Rugena, also revealed that Kajwang’ had chest bruises, massive stomach erosion and external injuries.

Siaya senator James Orengo, presenting the findings at a press briefing at the ODM Secretariat on Friday, said the report was inconclusive and that more tests need to be carried out.

Orengo is acting lawyer of Kajwang’s family and is the chairman of the natural funeral committee formed to help with funeral arrangements.

He said tissue and blood samples will be flown to South Africa for further testing to ascertain the exact cause of Kajwang’s death.

Orengo announced that a fundraiser for the Otieno Kajwang’ Children’s Trust Fund, that is to be formed, will take place on Tuesday, and a requiem mass followed by an interdenominational prayer service at Uhuru Park on Wednesday. The mass will be held at the Maxwell Shrine SDA Church.

The funeral procession will leave for Kajwang’s Mbita home in Nyanza province on Thursday, for the burial set for Friday, November 28, Orengo said.

Orengo cautioned against sideshows and speculations. He made the remark with reference to an incident on Friday morning in which one Faith Vivian Kajwang’ claimed she had been married to the late Homa Bay senator for 19 years and had two children with him.

Orengo took over chairmanship of the funeral committee from Mathare MP Steven Kariuki who some ODM leaders said was too young and inexperienced for the task.

Kajwang’ died on Tuesday night at Mater Hospital where he was rushed after complaining of chest pains.

He reportedly did not seek treatment after the Homa Bay accident.

He was eulogised as a great Parliament debater, a charismatic leader and a patriot famous for his mapambano slogan.


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