Nyeri Governor passes on at Thika Hospital after grisly accident.

Nyeri Governor Dr. Wahome Gakuru is DEAD!

Gakuru succumbed to injuries at the Thika Level 5 Hospital while undergoing emergency treatment following a grisly road accident along Nyeri-Nairobi Highway between Kabati and Makenji Trading Centres.

While breaking the sad news, Murang'a county commissioner Mr. John Elung'ata said that the accident occurred at around 6:45am as the governor was heading to Nairobi.

It is alleged that one of the vehicle’s tires burst, causing it to lose control and hit a guardrail on the side of the road.

“The rail cut through the vehicle, fatally injuring the governor and other occupants who were travelling along with him. He was retrieved from the wreckage by members of the public who immediately rushed him and his staff to Thika Level 5 Hospital,” explained Elung’ata.

He later succumbed to his injuries while being treated at the hospital.

Eyewitness account indicate that the governor got trapped in the vehicle and the public had to use axes and other crude weapons to retrieve him from the mangled vehicle.

The governor's car had four occupants at the time of the crash— him, his personal assistant Albert Kiguru, his body guard Ahmed Abdi and the driver Samuel Kinyanjui Wanyaga.

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 PA and bodyguard have been transferred to a Nairobi Hospital for specialised treatment. The driver was said to have incurred some minor injuries.

The accident scene is a black spot especially during wet weather as this part of the road gets so slippery. The commissioner is therefore warning motorists to be extra careful while driving along that part of the highway as it has claimed so many lives.

Some of the photos of the wreckage of the Mercedes Benz belonging to the late governor.


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

His death comes at a time when his son is sitting for his Form Four national exams at Alliance Boys High School.

The deceased 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 the University of Nairobi, where he also studied for his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration between 1988 and 1991.


His body has been transferred to Lee Funeral Home, Nairobi. 
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