Hon. Maj.Gen (Rtd.) Joseph Kasaine Nkaisserry C.B.S., E.G.H., was born on 28th November, 1949 and hailed from the Maasai community of the Odomongi clan. He was the son to the late Mzee Oitosi Nkaisserry and the late Sein Oitosi of Lorngosua location, Kajiado county.
Maj.Gen. Nkaisserry was a brother to Silole. Letema, the late Siroma, Semengurr, Sabaya and Rono. Step brother, brother in law, godfather and uncle to many.
He was a dear loving husband to Hellen Nkaisserry. A loving father to Angela Soila Kasaine, Andrew Oitosy Kasaine, Beatrice Siopot and Kenneth Mumeita Kasaine. A special and loving grandfather to Yiantet.
He was a mentor and a strong pillar to many of those who knew him. Due to his military background, Hon. Maj.Gen. (Rtd) Joseph Kasaine Nkaisserry was a very strict disciplinarian but had an amazing soft spot to all he interacted with. He especially cherished his family and his unconditional love is evident
Maj. Gen (Rtd) Joseph Kasaine Nkaissery began his schooling at Ilbissil Primary School in 1960 and completed in 1966 demonstrating exemplary academic performance early which led him to accelerate past a number of classes in a short space of time. He then joined Olkejuado Secondary School from 1967 to 1970, where he was the founder Chair of Matapato Students Association.
He was later accepted in Kenyatta College, now Kenyatta University, to pursue a Bachelor degree in Education in the pioneer class of 1971.
In 1972, the call of duty saw the Major General enroll for the Kenya Army and was successfully recruited to join the Kenya Armed Forces Training College in Lanet as a cadet.
In 1976, he was nominated to attend the Regimental Administration Course that prepares officers for command and control of an infantry company. In the same year, he was once again nominated for the Grade Three (G3) Staff Course whose aim is to develop operational skills and staff works at both Battalion and Brigade levels.
In 1978, he undertook the Milan Instructors Course and was among the first team in Kenya and Africa to be trained on the Milan Missle System. He later undertook a Sniper Course in the UK in the same year developing skills in sniping, raids, search and rescue.
In 1980, he was nominated for the Sub-Unit Command Course which prepares officers of the ranks of Major for command, management and control of Battalion during times of peace times of war.
Between 1985 and 1986, he undertook Grade Two (G2) Staff Course which prepares officers for operational planning and staff work at the Battallion and Brigade levels.
In 1996 to 1997, he attended the US Army War College, one of the most prestigious military Institutions in the world where he undertook the International Fellows program, the highest Military course in the world that prepares senior officers and civilians for strategic appointments in the military, government and in the corporate world. He graduated with a post graduate diploma in strategic leadership and management.
In 1998, he went for further training in Germany and Israel specializing in Strategic Intelligence. In 1999, he attended a workshop on Economic Planning and Industrial Development in South Korea. He would then immediately undertake a Leadership in Development course at the prestigious Harvard University, USA.
The numerous training programs were wrapped up by the International Senior Officers Peace Support Planning Course in 2002 conducted at the Kenya Peace Support Centre Karen for International Senior Officers whose objective is to equip officers with skills in command, coordination, management and leadership in UN mission areas.
Maj. Gen. Nkaisserry worked briefly at the Olkejuado county council in 1971 before joining university. While in the military, he trained as an Officer Cadet both in Kenya and India and was commissioned on 23rd November, 1973 as a Second Lieutenant then posted to 1KR as an Infantry Platoon Commander. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1975.
In his illustrious 29 years military career, Maj.Gen (Rtd) Joseph Kasaine Nkaisserry served in various capacities; Platoon Commander 1KR, Instructor at the Cadets School, Battalion second in command 7KR, Battalion Commander 9KR, Military Assistant to the Chief of General Staff, Brigaed second in command 2 Brigade, General Officer Commanding Western Command, Commandant-Kenya Military Academy, Commandant- Defense Staff College, Director -Liaison Department, Office of the President and Military Advisor to IGAD secretariat on the Sudan Peace process.
His military service also enabled him traverse the world to Ethiopia, Egypt, Cameroon, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, South Africa, USA, Canada, Brazil, Venezuela, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Chile, India, South Korea, Israel, Germany, UK, France, Netherlands and Italy.
After being prevailed upon by residents of Kajiado Central, Maj.Gen. Nkaisserry retired honorably on 15th August, 2002 to successfully contest the Kajiado Central Parliamentary seat and would continue to successfully defend the same during the 2007 and 2013 general elections.
During his long stint Parliament, he served in various levels including:
- KANU Shadow Minister for the Defence and National Security from 2003-2007
- Deputy Secretary General KANU 2003-2007
- Deputy Secretary General ODM 2008-2014
- Former Vice President International Parliamentarians Forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons 2006-2008
- Former Chairman, AMANI Forum Kenya Chapter
- Delegate to the UN General Assembly, Interparliamentary union on disarmament, small arms, conflict resolution and terrorism 2003-2007
- Delegate to the IGAD Parliamentary Union 2004-2007
- Parliamentary Marathon Champion
- Chairman, Pastoralist Parliamentary Group 2013-2015
- Former Assistant Minister for Defense 2008-2013
- Member, Defense and Foreign Relations Committee
- Member, Joint Committee on National Cohesion and Equal Opportunity
- Member, International Parliamentary Forum on small arms and light weapons
At the constituency level, his development record speaks for itself. He helped build over 17 secondary schools and just a few months ago, one was renamed Maj.Gen. Nkaisserry High School in his memory. Through the Constituency Development Fund and other donors, he helped establish several dispensaries and primary schools. There were also numerous water projects that Maj.Gen. championed including Lele, Marba and Loosuyan water projects. He also recently led government efforts in drought mitigation in his home county.
It was in this vain that Kajiado Central Constituency had been severally voted as the best in terms of CDF utilization and accountability, most recently in the 2014/15 financial year when he last served as MP.
From 2007, he played a key role in unifying all the communities in Kajiado Central prevailing upon the Maasai to live in harmony with other migrant communities and reject politics of hatred. It was at his point that the constituency was recognized as a beacon of peace in the entire country.
Hon. Maj.Gen. Joseph Kasaine Nkaisserry was a diligent and devoted servant to humanity. Due to his civility, exemplary development record and true patriotic spirit, he was appointed as Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Governement in December, 2017.
Kenyans felt safe under the able hands of Cabinet Secretary Hon. Maj.Gen. (Rtd) Joseph Nkaisserry and he has been described to have also been an excellent team player to his Cabinet colleagues.
Outside the office, Maj.Gen. Nkaisserry was a staunch Christian who always started his day with prayers. He strongly believed in health and keeping fit. Though a disciplinarian Maj.Gen.loved to crack jokes and watch Manchester united football matches.
Maj.Gen. Nkaisserry also had a passion for supporting projects ranging from churches, water projects and schools such as Maparasha primary and Ilbisil girls high school which are in Kajiado. Due to his philanthropic nature, the family recently established MAJ.GEN (RTD) J.K. NAKISSERRY FAMILY FOUNDATION to help sustain his passion to empower and uplift the less fortunate in society. Through the foundation, he has recently donated laboratory equipment, beds, desks and various facilities to the over 17 schools that he helped build. He also donated dairy milk equipment to various women cooperative societies, a passion so special to Mrs. Nakisserry as well.
On 7th July, 2017, Gen. Nkaisserry had a busy day. He started by inspecting the progress on Kenya’s preparedness for the world under 18 Athletics Championship by visiting the two venues; Kasarani Sports Complex and Kenyatta University. He later joined His Excellency the President Uhuru Kenyatta at a prayer rally at Uhuru Park. After the rally he proceeded with his normal duties.
He had a jovial evening with his family as he has always done. Later that night, while sleeping, he suffered a fatal heart attack and was rushed to Karen Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Maj.Gen. died in the hands of his best friend, Mama Hellen. We loved him but the Lord loved him more.
Fare thee well Maj.Gen. Rtd. Joseph Kasaine Nkaisserry.