How Mutula Kilonzo Died
By Oscar Obonyo and Daniel Nzia
NAIROBI, KENYA: Shock turned into grief on Saturday as Kenyans learnt of the sudden death of high-profile lawyer-turned-politician, Senator Mutula Kilonzo of Makueni County. A jovial Mutula reportedly arrived at his Kwa Kyelyu ranch near Maanzoni Lodge on Mombasa road, on Friday afternoon and retired to bed never to wake up. Upon getting the news, The Standard On Sunday team rushed to his home, a few kilometres from Nairobi, to find several policemen and pathologists crowded in his compound.
According to a housekeeper who found Mutula’s body in his bedroom, the politician arrived at the farmhouse about 2pm and appeared okay. The Senator retreated to his bedroom after having his favourite meal of githeri and roast meat at 7pm. A worker who did not wish to be named said his boss was in a jovial mood when he arrived home driving himself: “He parked the vehicle at the parking bay and walked into the house after greeting us.”
Sources said the late Mutula usually showed up for his breakfast between 9.30 and 10.30 whenever he is on the farm. But on Saturday he did not, prompting his long-serving cook to go and wake him up.
Cook’s knocks unanswered
The aged cook said he knocked on his boss’ door several times without reply. He then turned on the door’s handle and went in: “He appeared deeply asleep with a lot of foam coming from his mouth,” he said adding that he immediately called for the farm manager.
The manager then called Mutula’s son Mutula Kilonzo Junior and a brother in law, Chris Musau, who were the first to arrive at the scene. Police officers led by Machakos Deputy OCPD Wambugu and DCIO Kavete Kuloba visited the homestead after being informed by the late minister’s family.
He was the only one in the main house, as the rest of the family was said to be in his Muthaiga home, in Nairobi. According to the police, the deceased had vomited on his bathroom sink, a pointer to the fact that he woke up at some point to vomit and went back to sleep. Pathologists led by Chief Government pathologist, Dr Johansen Oduor performed preliminary examination on the body before removing and taking it to Nairobi’s Lee Funeral Home.
The East African Standard