In Summary
  • Mr Wafula was admitted to the hospital suffering from high blood pressure and diabetes.

  • Mr Omito described Mr Wafula as an avid human rights defender who did not shy away from speaking his mind.

  • At his home, a sombre mood was evident with close family members and colleagues yet to come to terms with his death.

  • Mr Wafula was on many occasions arrested and arraigned in court for incitement.

Eldoret-based human rights activist and politician Ken Wafula is dead.

Mr Wafula, who is the founder of Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (CHRD), died Wednesday morning while receiving treatment at Eldoret St Luke’s Hospital where he had been rushed after falling ill at his Kapsoya residence.

According to family members and colleagues, Mr Wafula was admitted to the hospital suffering from high blood pressure and diabetes.

“He was taken to the hospital on Tuesday at around noon after his condition deteriorated and doctors unsuccessfully tried to save his life. He was in high spirits when I left him last evening only to be told this morning that he had passed on,” said Mr Nick Omito, who co-founded CHRD with Mr Wafula.

SPOKE HIS MIND

Mr Omito described Mr Wafula as a committed human rights defender who did not shy away from speaking his mind on issues affecting the common man.

“He was in the forefront championing protection of witnesses during the prosecution of suspects at the International Criminal Court (ICC) accused of perpetrating the 2007/2008 post-election violence,” said Mr Omito who condoled the family.

When Nation team visited Mr Wafula’s home, a sombre mood was evident with close family members and colleagues yet to come to terms with his death.

Mr Wafula’s wife, Mariam Njoki, who is eight months pregnant, was on Wednesday yet to come to terms with the death of her husband.

CHRD Director Kipkorir Ng’etich who spoke on behalf of the family said that Mr Wafula was admitted on Tuesday at 2pm after developing health complications.

IN GOOD SPIRITS

“Until Tuesday, Ken has had no other health complications and has been in good spirit.  We call on members of the public to await the post-mortem examination and stop speculating over his death,” Mr Ng’etich told the press at the family home.

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