Vihiga County Governor Dr Wilber Ottichilo is mourning the death of his personal aide cum driver, Mr Cassius Madegwa which occurred on Tuesday morning.
In a press statement, Governor Ottichilo disclosed that Madegwa succumbed to Leukemia while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Bungoma County.
“I have received sad news about the passing on of my personal assistant and driver of 17 years Mr Cassius Madegwa who succumbed to cancer of blood at about 3am on Tuesday morning,” stated Ottichilo as he sought to dispel as mere speculation news awash on various social media platforms alleging the late had died of Covid-19.
“Contrary to unconfirmed information doing rounds across various online platforms, my driver Madegwa who doubled as my personal security did not succumb to Covid-19,” clarified Ottichilo.
According to the Governor, prior to Madegwa’s situation getting worse he had undergone at least three Covid-19 tests, with all turning negative.
“Madegwa’s Leukemia situation turned from bad to worse about two months ago, prompting his doctors to perform regular Covid-19 tests, which all turned negative,” he said.
Ottichilo further disclosed the late had been undertaking frequent blood transfusions at various hospitals across the country. While condoling with the family, the County boss described the late as a close friend who was hardworking and reliable. “Indeed I have lost a reliable servant who was a close friend of 17 years,” he observed.
Ottichilo cautioned members of public against hastily consuming fake or unconfirmed news, particularly during this period when the country is grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic that continues to claim lives across the globe.
By Maurice Aluda