The father to popular Mugithi singer Mighty Salim has come out to explain why his son did not undergo a surgery in India, before his death on Sunday.
Joe Salim says that Mighty Salim (real name Timothy Njuguna) was supposed to fly to India for a surgery, but he opted out because of medical reasons.
According to Joe, the decision not to pursue the surgery was made after a doctor advised against
“Mighty Salim was battling kidney failure, high blood pressure and diabetes at the same time. He was supposed to fly abroad [India] for surgery but a doctor advised against it.
“He said that owing to Salim’s medical conditions, he might not survive a major surgery. He advised that a dialysis was our best shot at saving his life,” Joe Salim narrated to journalists on Monday.
There were rumours that Mighty Salim opted out of the surgery because of influence from a local cultural cult known as Ngomi, which advises members against seeking medical intervention.
Joe Salim recounted how together with other family members had met Mighty Salim at a Thika hotel, had lunch together before he left them at around 5pm.
“We were with him at a family function on Saturday, had a good time and at around 5pm, we bid goodbyes. He then went to Kahawa West for Salim Junior’s fifth memorial. The next day, we were told he is dead. I presume it is one of the ailments that killed him,” added Joe Salim.
Mighty Salim’s elder brother Salim Junior died on January 23, 2016.
Mighty, alongside his other brother (Laban Kinuthia) picked up the Mugithi baton from Junior. He was a force to reckon with in the Gikuyu music rendition arena, often filling entertainment places- and winning the hearts and ears of listeners.
In an interview with a local publication three years after Salim Junior’s death, Mighty Salim confessed that he was still in pain. “Years on I am yet to accept that Salim Junior passed away. I have kept this pain to myself but those close me know it however much I try to conceal it.”