By Winfridah Muthee
Antipas Nyanjwa, the National Land Commission (NLC) Deputy Director of Investigations who had been treated for Covid-19 and recovered, collapsed on Monday 19th April while having lunch with friends in a Nairobi hotel.
He had had convulsions and breathing difficulties prompting two friends who had accompanied him to rush him to Coptic Hospital where he was announced dead on arrival.
An investigation to the cause of his death is underway and a postmortem expected to be done will determine what caused his demise.
Nyanjwa had requested his friends to give him decent sendoff in the event that he dies.
With his involvement in the International Criminal Tribunal on the 1994 Rwanda Genocide and the fact that he was hired by the NLC to help with investigations in the land registry especially to cut back the forgery of title deeds, one may be tempted to think his may be a homicide case by land cartels.
Nyanjwa who had a history of heart related complications predicted his death as he had asked his friends to ensure he got a decent sendoff on account that he died.
He was the deputy head of investigations at the commission since 2014.
Nyanjwa had also served as the deputy head of document examination section of the forensic unit at the DCI and taught document examination at the DCI academy in South B.
On July 20th 2020 The Deputy Director of Investigations was moved to Homa Bay as the county coordinator.
Nyanjwa did not take the move to transfer him from Ardi House Nairobi to Homabay County well.
He appealed the same but lost.
On April 7, acting NLC secretary Kabale Tache directed Nyanjwa to immediately report to Homabay for his new post.
“Further to your transfer to Homa Bay county vide letter dated 20th July 2020 and your appeal dated 28th July 2020, I am writing to notify you that the matter was deliberated by the commission during its 81st sitting that was held on 25th and 29th March 2021.
“It was resolved that you ought to have reported to Homa Bay county as envisaged. Pursuant to this, I am writing to ask you to report to Homa Bay County with immediate effect,” the letter from Tache read.
He had yet to report to work in Homabay County.
Officials at the commission confirmed Nyanjwa had claimed he feared for his life over land cartel investigations he was carrying out.
This comes barely a month after NLC Director of Communications Jeniffer Wambua was brutally murdered.
Wambua who left her office never to return was found dead dumped at a thicket in Kajiado County.
Police are yet to establish if there is a link between the two cases.