Personal assistant recounts health issue ex-MP, Chepkut, complained about before death

The late politician was eulogised as a pleasant and happy person by those who knew him

• The former MP's family confirmed his death saying he collapsed in his house and was rushed to Mediheal hospital parklands where he was pronounced dead.

• Doctors at the Mediheal Hospital in Parklands unsuccessfully tried to save him after receiving the late Chepkut at around 8:20 am.

the former Ainabkoi MP
William Chepkut the former Ainabkoi MP
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The death of former Ainabkoi MP William Chepkut has surprised many who knew the colourful and happy-go-lucky politician.

It is now emerging that the late had suffered a sharp pain in his leg before he was pronounced dead today morning.

Kipkorir Birgen, who was the late Chepkut's personal assistant told the Nation that his boss had complained that the leg was swollen. 

But despite the late Chepkut's discomfort he still opted to keep his schedule meeting up with Uasin Gishu governor, Jonathan Bii, in Nairobi.

"I was with the boss (Chepkut) throughout Friday. We were also with Governor Bii. At around 11 pm, he called me to ask if I could prepare for his curriculum vitae because he was planning to meet with the First Lady. 

He also mentioned that his leg was swollen and that he will go to the hospital to have it checked."

For his part Kipchumba Murkomen said that he had met the late at yesterday night and he was in great moods, not knowing that that would be the last sunset he would ever see.

"Last evening I met Hon. William Chepkut in the company of his friends. He was in a very jovial mood. In his characteristic manner he showered me with many praises using all the superlatives in the book. William was a very lovely guy extremely connected Loyal to his seniors almost to a fault," Murkomen tweeted.

Murkomen revealed that they had agreed to meet soon to discuss Infrastructure and parted at 8 p.m.

Doctors at the Mediheal Hospital in Parklands unsuccessfully tried to save him after receiving the late Chepkut at around 8:20 am.

Speaking to KTN news, Chanchal Singh, the chief intensivist at the hospital said that that they had examined him, but we didn't find any signs of heartbeat or breath.

"We, thereafter, embarked on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), but, unfortunately, we could not resuscitate him. The attempts to revive his heartbeat or respiration failed," he added.

The former MP has been unwell for some time and was admitted to hospital for a long between late last year and early this year.

He served his constituency between 2017 to 2022 as an independent candidate.

Chepkut was succeeded by Samwel Chepkonga of the UDA party after the 2022 election.

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