NHIF staff who collapsed and died in Nairobi CBD was shot, autopsy reveals
Detectives have opened an investigation into the death of Lilian Waithera, 46, who passed away on Monday night in Nairobi’s CBD.
Waithera, an employee of the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF), allegedly reported chest trouble on February 13 at around five o’clock while strolling down Kaunda Street. She then passed out and lost breath.
Her companions summoned an ambulance, which made it there in time, but the first responders pronounced her dead at the scene.
The incident occurred while she was making her way home on foot from her Upper Hill workplace.
The Nairobi police boss, Adamson Bungei, stated that the incident is being investigated and that the remains have been transferred to the morgue pending an autopsy and further investigation.
An initial investigation revealed on Tuesday that Waithera had been shot just before collapsing.
“The female NHIF staff who collapsed and died along Kaunda Street on Monday evening had been shot from an elevated angle. Autopsy revealed the bullet was lodged in her lungs,” police said.
Her body was taken to the Kenyatta University Mortuary by her family on Tuesday. An autopsy carried out by Dr. Kamonde determined that Waithera died as a result of gunfire after discovering a bullet lodged in her lungs.
“The bullet entered through the collar bone having been fired from an elevated angle,” police added. The bullet head has since been handed over to the police for ballistic examination.
Police have since established a file and turned the case over to detectives within the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) for additional research.