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Tuesday, 07 Nov 2017 12:03 EATnkiru@kenyafreepress.com
Nyeri County was plunged into mourning this morning following the death of its governor, Dr Wahome Gakuru, in a tragic road accident at Kabati along the Thika-Muranga highway.
The deceased, who suffered serious injuries, was undergoing treatment at Thika Level Five Hospital when he passed away. The Council of Governors was in the process of airlifting him to Nairobi for treatment but this was never to be.
The other three occupants in the badly-damaged Mercedes Benz car were the governor's driver Samuel Kinyanjui, personal assistant Albert Kaguru and bodyguard Ahmed Abdi were reported to be in critical condition. Dr Gakuru, 51, had been in office for only two months, having been elected on August 8.
He is the second Nyeri governor to die in office, and his death comes barely eight months after that of the first Governor Nderitu Gachagua, who was succeeded by his deputy Samuel Wamathai.
The Governor graduated from Arizona State University with a doctorate in Public Administration and Policy in 2004 and had latter graduated from Willamette University – Atkinson with a Master’s in Business Administration.
The late governor served as the Director of Vision 2030 and also as a lecturer at the University of Nairobi School of Business. This comes at a time when his son, a form four candidate, is undertaking the ongoing KCSE examinations at Alliance High School.
ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru, Deputy Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga and Nyeri Senator Ephraim Maina have been appointed to lead the burial operations.