By Viola Kosome
Retired judge Daniel Aganyanya has died aged 84.
Aganyanya, who had developed breathing complications, died at the Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu on Friday evening (January 17).
The ex-judge’s daughter, Caroline Aganyanya, said her father was taken to the hospital after suffering a first heart attack while at his Cheptulu Village home in Vihiga County.
“Dad had suffered two heart attacks before he succumbed when doctors were attempting to resuscitate him,” Caroline told K24 Digital.
“We had hoped he would be flown to Nairobi so that he gets treated by his personal doctors at the capital city’s Aga Khan Hospital. As we were heading to the Kisumu International Airport, I realised dad was having problems breathing. Shortly, thereafter, he suffered another heart attack that forced us to take him to Kisumu’s Aga Khan Hospital, where he passed on,” said Caroline.
Aganyanya, who is survived by a wife and nine children, was preserved at the hospital’s mortuary.
Caroline says family would meet later Saturday to discuss whether Aganyanya’s body will be flown to Nairobi for preservation at the Lee Funeral Home.
“By 9:30pm Saturday (January 18), after meeting our mum, we will be in a position to reveal whether our dad’s remains will be preserved at Lee Funeral Home or the Aga Khan Hospital mortuary here in Kisumu,” she said.
Justice Aganyanya, who served in the Judiciary for 38 years with his highest posting being a judge of the Court of Appeal, retired in 2012.
In 2013, he authored a book titled The Judicial Purge of 2003 that Never was. In the book, the retired judge expressed concern over increasing rot in the Judiciary. He revealed that the Judiciary is mired in bribery scandals and sex and holiday offers in exchange for compromised justice.
In 1994, Justice Aganyanya married Court of Appeal judge Roselyn Nambuye after she was divorced by her ex-husband in 1990 for not being able to conceive.