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A Kenya National Examination Council official died after he reportedly collapsed in Muthambi, Tharaka Nithi county, while at work.

Humphrey Njeru Kiria, 40, the head teacher of Ntakani Primary School, is said to have suddenly collapsed before he died while delivering KCPE and KPSEA examination papers to Muthambi subcounty director of education on Tuesday.

Kiria died 30 minutes later at a hospital within the subcounty while undergoing treatment.

Eastern regional police commander Joseph Ole Napeiyan said Kiria’s death was reported to Ntumu police station in Muthambi subcounty as sudden death of KNEC centre manager incident.

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“It was reported by the area director of education that yesterday at around 6.30pm while receiving KCPE/KPSEA examination answer scripts from centre manager at Muthambi subcounty headquarters (Marima), one Humphrey Njeru Kiria, 40, and the headteacher Ntakani primary school suddenly collapsed and was rushed to nearby Muthambi health centre where he was diagnosed to have respiratory distress and became unconscious,” a police report seen by the Star on Wednesday stated.

Napeiyan said the official died during resuscitation at the facility at 5pm Tuesday.

He said the deceased was reported to have been asthmatic and the attack was likely to have been caused by the current weather conditions.

The body was moved to Chuka General Hospital mortuary awaiting a postmortem.

Police boss said they had launched investigations into the incident.

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