Even as we await the results of the post mortem carried out by the government pathologist on the late CID chief, Gatiba Karanja investigations by Kumekucha have unearthed some interesting information.
Gatiba was the first CID chief in Kenya to die while still in office and this has raised a lot of speculation and suspicion amongst many. Some Kumekucha writers have even suggested that the man was a threat to the powers that be. This suggestion is laughable when you consider the facts.
Gatiba Karanja was such a stooge and he was a mere figure-head in CID that he “virtually disappeared” while in office and very few people were even aware of who the CID chief was. This is in sharp contrast to some of his very high profile predecessors.
Part of the reason for this is President Kibaki’s management style where he deals directly with the police commissioner and has no time for his underlings like the CID chief. President Moi in sharp contrast always had a very close working relationship with his CID chief so much so that many times when he fired the police commissioner, the CID chief would always remain in office. It is highly unlikely that Gatiba met Kibaki in person more than once. His predecessor Joseph Kamau met Kibaki only twice and they never had a single telephone conversation during his entire time in office.
If there was anybody to be eliminated in connection to the post election violence troubles then it can only be people like Maj Gen Ali who still hold many of Kibaki’s dark secrets.
So what may have caused Gatiba’s sudden death? Investigations by this blogger reveal that the former CID chief has been dogged by poor health for a number of years now. One of his main ailments has been high blood pressure. Despite this problem, those close to him have revealed some very disturbing news. That Gatiba was using some sexual performance enhacing drugs like Viagra and others to help with erectile dysfunction problems that are usually common with men who reach his age. He was 56 years old. Using these kind of drugs when one has high blood pressure is usually extremely dangerous and can easily lead to a heart attack. To make matters worse the late Gatiba had two wives.
Interestingly the first reports on his death indicated that when he was woken up in the morning he failed to wake up. A heart attack in the night before could have been the cause of death in such a scenario. Strangely this initial report was later changed to state that he developed breathing problems in the morning and was then rushed to hospital.
It is important to remember that nothing conclusive can be stated at this point about his cause of death until we have the results of the post mortem which are expected to be released today. My sources on the ground have assured me that I will have the report as soon as it is released to the press. But at this point the information I have seems to rule out any possibility of foul play.