7 November 2017

Kenya: Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru Dies After Freak Road Crash

Photo: Joseph Kanyi/The Nation
Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru speaks during a function in Nyeri on September 8, 2017.

Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru is dead.

Dr Gakuru passed on Tuesday morning following a freak road crash at Kabati along the Thika-Sagana highway in Murang'a County.


He was rushed to Thika Level 5 Hospital for emergency treatment but succumbed to his injuries on arrival.

He died as medics prepared to airlift him to Nairobi for specialised care.

Murang'a County Commissioner John Elung'ata confirmed the death of Dr Gakuru.

Mr Elung'ata said Kabati is black spot and most motorists lose control whenever it rains.


Police are yet to establish the exact of the crash.

The officers said the governor's car had four occupants at the time of the crash-- him, his personal assistant, his body guard and the driver.

The personal assistant's right hand and leg broken are broken and police were still looking for his wrist at the scene of the crash.

The bodyguard's legs were seriously injured while the driver is okay.


The governor was heading to the capital for talk shows with a vernacular radio and TV accompanied by his bodyguard and driver when his vehicle veered off the road and hit a rail guard.

Photos of the wreckage of the Mercedes Benz at the scene of the crash was doing rounds in social media for the better part of the morning,

Earlier, Nyeri Deputy Governor Mutahi Kahiga had confirmed the crash and assured Kenyans that the governor was in a stable condition.

Dr Gakuru becomes the second Nyeri governor to die to in office after Governor Nderitu Gachagua, who died in February this year.

Dr Gakuru's death came as his son sat for his Form Four national exams at Alliance Boys High School in Nairobi.


The governor's Twitter page shows he hosted the candidate, together with some of his classmates, at his Runda residence on Monday, November 6.

Dr Gakuru holds a doctorate in Public Administration and Policy from Arizona State University, the United States. He graduated in 2004.

In 2001, he graduated with a Master's in Business Administration from Willamette, the United States.

He holds a similar qualification, MBA, from from the University of Nairobi, where he also studied for his bachelor's degree in Business Administration between 1988 to 1991.

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