The hashtag #NairobiHospital was trending early on Friday morning as news hit that former Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission chairman Bethuel Kiplagat (81) died at the Kenyan capital's hospital after a long illness.
Kiplagat’s passing comes just days after the deaths of Kanu-era ministers GG Kariuki and Nicholas Biwott, as well as former Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, all who passed away at the same hospital within a one-week period.
A former diplomat and Kenyan government official, Kiplagat served as TJRC chairman from 2009 to November 2010. He resigned after coming under investigation for alleged past human rights abuses, particularly his role in the 1984 Wagalla Massacre.
He was reinstated as TJRC chair in 2012 despite objections from other members of the commission. He served as Kenya’s special envoy to the Somalia peace process from 2003 to 2005 and headed the board of the African Medical and Research Foundation from 1991 to 2003.
In what could be called a TJRC-accused purge, Kenyan Twitter were vocal on Friday around the remarkable coincidence of the deaths: