Residents of Mahi Estate in Nakuru are in shock after a man collapsed and died outside a M-pesa shop.
Eyewitnesses said that the man struggled for a few minutes before he passed on.
Neighbours rushed to the scene but did not go near the body due to the Covid-19 stigma.
“I heard people screaming and when I rushed to the scene I saw the lifeless body of the man lying on the ground a few metres from the M-pesa shop,” Mr Akello Karani, a neighbour said.
Police and Nakuru Health officials were alerted and they picked the body and took it to the mortuary.
The officials were dressed in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Cases of people collapsing and later dying on the spot have been on the increase in the recent past.
In the last seven days, three similar cases have been reported in Njoro, Miru and Kinangop.
His cousin, a building contractor in the area, said he had been waiting for his sister.
“She is a businesswoman around here. They had told me to tag along,” he said.
“He went to withdraw money but he told the M-pesa agent and told the M-pesa attendant that he was not feeling well before he collapsed," the cousin added.
Doctors tried to attend to him but he, unfortunately, passed on at around 12.30pm,” said Mr Davis adding that samples have been taken for Covid-19 testing, though the doctors suspect a heart attack.
The deceased’s family stays in Milimani and a worker at the the M-pesa, who spoke to the press said he was a regular customer.
"I regret to confirm that a customer at our Ajume Advantage Branch, Kenyatta Avenue, Nairobi collapsed and died this afternoon during a visit to the my M-pesa," the M-pesa agent said.
The incidence was reported to the police and they took over the matter. We condole with the family during this difficult time,” reads the statement.
Nakuru Sub-County Police Commissioner Mark Walsall told the press that a police unit was dispatched as soon as they received a call about the incident.
The body of the deceased was moved to Nakuru County level five Hospital mortuary.
Mr Walsall said a postmortem will establish the cause of death.
“We do not want to speculate, especially as we navigate [the Covid-19] pandemic,” he said.
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