An assistant chief collapsed and died while watching the World Cup semi-final match between France and Belgium on Tuesday night.
The Olepito sub-location assistant chief, Stanislaus Ekisa, was pronounced dead at Nambale sub-county hospital.
His wife, Mary Ekisa, said her husband did not exhibit any signs of illness during the day and later left home to watch the football match at a local joint.
Mrs Ekisa received word that her husband had collapsed and had been rushed to hospital.
She said the chief was a staunch football fan.
“I was called and told to go to Centre, Nambale, as my husband had been rushed there after collapsing. My husband was pronounced dead at the hospital. I was told he never uttered a word,” she said.
The family wants a postmortem conducted to establish what killed the assistant chief.
Eyewitness accounts said Mr Ekisa was seated on a chair and drinking soda when he collapsed.
“We want to know whether the death was caused by illness or something else,” said a family member.
Residents of Olepito described Ekisa as a humble and dedicated administrator.
The body was transferred to the Busia County Referral Hospital.
Separately, boda boda operators have complained about rising insecurity after a colleague was killed and his body dumped in a maize plantation near Ebenezah along the Busia-Kisumu road.
James Barasa, a brother of the victim, Daniel Okware, said insecurity was high and asked police to conduct frequent patrols.
“He was hit by a blunt object on the head and his motorbike stolen. We are worried because criminals are roaming the town,” said Mr Barasa.
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