The autopsy on the body of Gichugu Returning Officer Geoffrey Gitobu, 56, has ruled out foul play in his death.
According to a report on the autopsy that was done today (August 24), the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) official died following a blood clot in the artery of his lung.
The deceased also had anaemia, a condition in which the number of red blood cells or haemoglobin concentration within them is lower than normal.
The autopsy was conducted at the Nanyuki Cottage Hospital morgue by pathologists Dr Simon Amok, Dr Ayub Macharia and Dr Harrison Kiambati. Family and friends were present during the exercise.
“We have established that the 58-year-old died from a blood clot. He was also anaemic,” said Dr Macharia, who had been contracted by IEBC and the family.
Dr Macharia said according to the family of the deceased, their kin was not suffering from any known life threatening ailment such as hypertension or diabetes and that only his doctor can shed light on that.
Laikipia County Criminal Investigation Officer Onesmus Towett said the investigations were not yet complete and that they had taken some body tissues for further analysis.
“For now we can say death was natural. However we have taken body samples so that we can conduct further investigations to rule out foul play and that is when we shall declare the probe concluded,” said Mr Towett.
Gitobu collapsed on Monday in Nanyuki as he drove himself. He was rushed to Nanyuki Cottage Hospital but was pronounced dead before he could be attended to.
Gitobu worked as the IEBC Returning Officer for Gichugu Constituency in Kirinyaga County in the August 9, 2022 General Election.
On Tuesday Nanyuki Investigating officer Onesmus Towett said that Gitobu who had taken three days off after the general elections and was on a tour of his businesses in the town before his death.
The RO owned a string of businesses including a club and rental houses in Nanyuki town where he lived with his family though originally from Meru and with other interests in Isiolo where he will be buried.