Final resting place for the late Interior CS, Joseph Nkaissery, has been identified at his palatial home in Bissil.
A committee picked to oversee the burial arrangements visited Nkaissery’s Bissil home on Monday evening and identified the site.
The team from Nairobi was led by national administration secretary, Arthur Osiya, while the family was represented by its spokesman, Saitoti ole Maika.
The local committee explained that Nkaissery will be laid to rest with his head facing Mount Kenya, because the Maasai community believes all their blessings have been drawn from there.
His Seuri age mates will play a major role in the burial on Saturday after the Church has completed the prayers.
Former Assistant Minister, David Sankori, explained that the Matapato, Kaputiei and all the other Maasai communities in Kajiado moved from Laikipia to the county, and were guided by Mt. Kenya.
“Mt. Kenya is in North of Kajiado and all our people are buried with their heads facing north. There is a strong belief among our people that the mountain, which is in our north played a role in guiding us to the south in Kajiado,” said Sankori.
Sankori, who grew up and went to school with the late Nkaissery described his former school mate at Olkejuado High School as “intelligent and family loving person”.
Nkaissery, who passed away on Friday night, grew up as an ordinary Matapato boy near Bissil town and Maili 46 area of Iloodokilani Ward as he attended school.
When schools were open, young Nkaissery lived at home as he attended his district education board classes at Bissil Primary School.
Every time schools closed down for holidays, young Nkaissery would walk to Maili 46 home of Paramount Chief Mzee Maora.
Mzee Maora had a son who was a close friend of Nkaissery and the two were inseparable, according to Sankori.
“Nkaissery was a humble boy who was depended upon by his age mates in making decisions. Although the Maora family was from Iloodokilani, that did not stop Nkaissery, who is from Matapato to live with the family,” said Sankori yesterday.
He said although Nkaissery used to like traveling to Iloodokilani during his youth, he still had a lot of attachment to his village in Bissil, where he played football with other local boys as their took care of their livestock.
Bissil town is one of the oldest urban centres that started before independence and is the county’s business hub.
It has the biggest livestock market in the county that serves meat and its products to Nairobi, Machakos and Kiambu.
Most business people dealing in meat say the goats bought and slaughtered from Bissil livestock market have medicinal value.
Nkaissery, who was a livestock farmer, used to host many friends at his Bissil home where they could wine and dine with roast meat from his farm.
His wife Helen has been managing hybrid livestock for milk production with the support of her late husband.
Nkaissery’s education life began in late 1950s when he joined Bissil elementary school where he finished in 1966 after completing and passing his Kenyan African Primary Education.
After his KAPE at Bissil Primary School, Nkaissery was picked to join Olkejuado High School, which at the time was mixed institution for boys and girls.
Nkaissery completed his East African Certificate of Education and immediately got a job with Olkejuado County Council as a revenue clerk.
He was posted to Amboseli National Park where he served before being admitted to Kenyatta College, now Kenyatta University.
At the time, Kenyatta College was training P1 and S1 teachers. While Nkaissery was in the college, Kenya Army advertised positions for officer cadets and the young man had a passion for working in the army.
The late CS was recruited in the army and rose through the ranks to become a general.
In 2002, former President Daniel arap Moi plucked him out and nurtured him to join politics with the aim of Nkaissery with the then Kajiado Central MP, Sankori.