Kenyan Governor Killed in Accident

APN Reporter

Wahome Gakuru  the governor for Nyeri is dead.

Dr Gakuru passed on 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.

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

Police said the governor’s car had four occupants at the time of the crash— him, his personal assistant Albert Kaguru , his body guard Ahmed Abdi and the driver, Mr Samuel Kinyanjui Wanyaga.

The personal assistant’s right hand and leg 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.

Police attributed the crash to a “tyre burst during heavy downpour.”

The governor’s body was moved to Lee Funeral Home in Nairobi.

The governor was heading to the capital for talk shows with a vernacular radio and TV accompanied 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 Tuesday morning,

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 one of his three sons sat for his Form Four national exams at Alliance Boys High School in Nairobi.

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