Bondo county chief dies after suffering breathing problems

Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 00:00 |
Late Deputy County Commissioner Antony Wafula.

Eric Juma 

Shock and grief has struck Bondo security fraternity following the death of the area Deputy County Commissioner Antony Wafula.  

 The administrator fell ill at around 11pm and died at 1am while undergoing treatment at Bondo sub-county hospital.

According to a police report, the officer was rushed to the health facility after developing fever and breathing problems.

Reports indicate Wafula had returned his children to Nairobi  after President Uhuru Kenyatta lifted cessation of movement in and out of the city and only reported back to his station recently.

“Mr Wafula had escorted his family back to Nairobi after the lockdown was lifted. He travelled back last week,” said Siaya County Commissioner Michael ole Tialal.

Collects sample

According to a police report, the officer  is said to have been feeling unwell until last night when his condition deteriorated at around 11pm when he was rushed to the hospital before succumbing at around 1.00 am. 

Siaya County Police Commander Mr Francis Kooli has confirmed the death saying samples have already been picked from the late officer’s body and taken to the Kemri laboratory in Kisumu to ascertain the cause of  death.

“We are doing this to establish if he had Covid-19 given the symptoms and going by the fact that he had recently travelled to Nairobi,” he said.  

County health Director Ken Orwenjo said medics tried in vain to save the administrator.  

Former Siaya Deputy County Commissioner Joseph Sawe, Ugunja Deputy County Commissioner Daniel Nduti and Ugenya Pamela Atieno have sent their condolences to the family of the fallen administrator. 

 They said that the soft-spoken and hardworking administrator was committed to transforming the county. 

EALA legislator Oburu Oginga  in his condolence message described the officer as diligent and dedicated.  He said Wafula maintained peace and dealt decisively with criminal elements. 

“Insecurity in Bondo had deteriorated and criminals could trespass to the extent of stealing my geese and those of my brother Raila Odinga, but after launching such complaints, the administrator acted swiftly,” Oburu said.

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