The body of a 45-year-old driver to a bus company was Sunday morning discovered on a bed in one of the lodgings in Moyale town of Marsabit County.
According to the Moyale Sub-County Police Commander, Kipkemoi Kipkulei, the deceased, Samuel Kamau an employee of Moyale Liner Bus Company had arrived having ferried passengers from Nairobi on Saturday afternoon and booked a room to sleep over night at Bismilahi Lodge so that he could take the return trip to Nairobi Sunday morning.
The police commander said the case was reported to the police when the conductors went to call the driver in his room so that they could set off to Nairobi at 4 am in the morning but he failed to respond.
Police had a difficult time before the body was removed from the room because they required assistance from public health officers for reasons that several cases of people suddenly collapsing and dying have been reported since Kenya recorded the first Coronavirus case in March this year.
“We underwent a very difficult time because when we called the public health officers, they took a lot of time from 4.30am to 11am for them to come and pick the body,” Kipkemoi said.
Moyale sub-county public health officer, Racha Tacho said they took a lot of time to remove the body because they did not have personal protective equipment (PPEs).
This comes barely four days after the Moyale Medical Officer of Health Dr. Ibrahim Lio told the Moyale Sub-County Covid-19 Coordination Committee meeting chaired by area Deputy County Commissioner William Kakimon that they were prepared and that they have been provided with 100 PPEs.
The Police Commander told the meeting that there were possibilities of the prisoners who were handed short sentences by the Moyale Law courts to complete their sentences at the Moyale Police station following failure by the department of health at the Moyale Level Four Hospita Moyale Sub-County Covid-19 Coordination Committeel to test the prisoners for them to be admitted at the GK prisons Moyale which is a mandatory requirement.
Kipkemoi said the body of the deceased was moved to the Moyale Level Four hospital mortuary to await a postmortem examination which will reveal the cause of death .
By Gatana Muchira