The Deputy Governor of Nyeri County, Mutahi Kahiga, has revealed that a car tyre burst caused the fatal Tuesday morning accident, which killed Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru, and left his bodyguard, personal assistant and driver nursing serious injuries.
Speaking at the Lee Funeral Home, where Mr Gakuru’s body was moved, Mr Kahiga said following the tyre burst on the Kenol-Thika Highway, Mr Gakuru’s Mercedes Benz careened off the road and rammed into a rail guard.
The four were rushed to Thika Level Five Hospital for emergency treatment, where the governor was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
“It is sad that Wahome Gakuru is the second Nyeri County Governor we are losing in a span of one year, after the late Nderitu Gachagua,” said Mr Kahiga.
The Nyeri County deputy boss revealed that he advised Mr Wahome to embark on a Nairobi journey Monday night, but the governor said he was going to travel Tuesday morning.
“Last night, we were discussing this trip that he was making this morning. I had requested him to kindly travel at night, telling him he did not have to travel very early in the morning. Unfortunately, he told me that he had made up his mind to travel Tuesday morning. I am at loss because he decided to do that,” said Mutahi Kahiga.
Wahome Gakuru was slated to give radio and TV interviews to Inooro TV and Kameme TV Tuesday morning.
“My working relationship with the governor was very cordial. There were no decisions he would make without consulting me. I have known him for quite some time now, given we grew up in close neighborhoods,” said Mutahi Kahiga.
“We are now planning to form a committee, which will comprise the entire Nyeri leadership, so that we give the late governor a decent send-off. We appreciate what doctors at the Thika Level Five Hospital did to try and save the life of the late governor. There is nothing humanly possible they failed to do to try save his life,” added Mr Kahiga.
Mr Kahiga revealed that the late governor’s personal assistant, Albert Kaguru; bodyguard, Ahmed Abdi; and driver, Samuel Kinyanjui, were transferred to the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi for advanced treatment.
“One of them got very serious injuries and his leg may need amputation,” said Kahiga.
Mr Kahiga said Mr Gakuru had put in place adequate measures to ensure an effective county government takes shape.
“We were in the process of setting up government. We had already appointed our cabinet. We were in the process of working on our supplementary budget, which he was preparing to forward to the County Assembly. Those are some of the milestones he had attained. He had done a good job.
“My message to Nyeri people is: ‘Be calm, let us walk this journey together. We have gone through tragedy before, we have come out stronger, even this time, we will still come out stronger’. And Nyeri people are resilient.”