When I was engaged with Lonrho PLC in the 80s and 90s Mark Too was Chairman of Lonrho East Africa and got to know each other very well. He later was elected to parliament and worked very hard for the upliftment of the people in his region.
Kenya’s former nominated MP Mark Too died of a heart attack, a postmortem report revealed. Mr Too, 64, died on December 31 last year at St Luke Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya, at around 2pm. Leaders, family and friends on the 9th of January 2017 joined hands with the people of Uasin Gishu in bidding farewell to the Late Mark Kiptarbei Too in his farm Kapseret Uasin, Gishu County.
In a report seen by The Standard on the 8th of January, Chief Government Pathologist Dr Johansen Oduor said the former envoy died after the fluid in the sac around the heart built up as a result of a stretched and bulging section in the wall of aorta.
“The death was caused by cardiac tamponade due to ruptured dissecting ascending aortic aneurysm,” reads the report. Dr Oduor noted that the rest of the body was in good shape, including the blood pressure. The post-mortem report indicated that Too had complained of pain in the right arm after his family reported that he had fallen in Nakuru, leading to epigastric pain, bloating and constipation.
According to the report, Too was unwell on Christmas Day and had been treated at the hospital, but his condition was not serious. It says on December 31, Too collapsed in his bathroom and was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead a few hours later.
An Eldoret court issued an injunction stopping his burial until the cause of his death was established. Eldoret-based lawyer Simon Lilan, in an affidavit, argued that there were reasons to believe Too was murdered and there were external forces and collusion by respondents to keep the family, relatives, friends and the public away from the truth. Lilan further said the postmortem results purported to have been carried out at the Lee Funeral Home were incorrect, improper, lacked independence, inaccurate and cooked.
He said Too died mysteriously and what transpired thereafter was questionable.
“I confirm that I was part of the planning committee for the funeral and burial of the deceased. But the defendants have without the consent of the family proceeded to pay the mortuary charges and intend to collect the body and bury the deceased without the family’s consensus and at an undesignated area contrary to the deceased’s community’s customary rites and practices,” stated the affidavit.
The lawyer demanded thorough investigations into the death by conducting an independent autopsy at a “credible” institution. He also demanded a DNA extraction from his body to help unravel the cause of the death.
Dr Oduor’s report observed that the postmortem and the drafting of the report were witnessed by the family and police. He said they took samples of blood, portion of liver, stomach, kidneys, bile, muscle and homopericadic blood for further analysis by government and private pathologists. Too’s family said a postmortem conducted at the Lee Funeral Home had indicated that he died as a result of aneurysm – a condition where the artery supplying blood to the brain burst.
Author: Dr James Makamba