Nyachae in and out of London hospital
Fear and anxiety have gripped Gusiiland and Kenya in general following reports that Simeon Nyachae has lost his ability to speak coherently.
According to highly placed sources, Nyachae is currently undergoing treatment in a London hospital but living in his palatial home in the world’s most respected city.
He is believed to be suffering from aphasia, which is inability to comprehend and formulate language because of damage to specific brain regions. It is described as “an impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write. Aphasia is always due to injury to the brain-most commonly from a stroke, particularly in older individuals.
The sources stated that Nyachae is also finetuning his will, and has been inviting family members to go through it.
The octogenarian, who is a polygamist, does not want his family to be engaged in squabbles and that explains why he is consulting all of them while reworking on the will that will cater for the distribution of his vast properties.
Nyachae married three wives and at one time during the burial of one of them, Esther Kerubo, he sent mourners in stitches as he narrated how the wives prayed and read verses to cool down his fiery temper.
His wife, Esther, died in September 2016 and was laid to rest at her Nyosia home in Kisii county.
Early this year, the former commanding minister was flown to South Africa and then to undisclosed hospital in the UK for specialised treatment after suffering acute stroke.
The former Ford-People leader had been admitted to Nairobi Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit since March 31, after he tripped and fell at his home.
His eldest son Charles Ayako, a judge at the East African Court of Justice, told the media his father had been diagnosed with a severe chest infection.
The octogenarian was flown to a hospital in Johannesburg on a chartered plane. At Nairobi Hospital, visitors were not allowed to see him with doctors only allowing two close family members to visit.
Among those who were turned away at Nairobi Hospital include Roads and Public Works chief administrative secretary Chris Obure.
Nyachae contested for the presidency on a Ford People ticket in 2002 but garnered slightly over 700,000 votes to emerge a distant third after NARC’s Mwai Kibaki and KANU’s Uhuru Kenyatta.
The late Kipkalyia Kones was his running mate with former deputy speaker Farah Mahalim his right hand man.