The death of Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru on Tuesday morning has shocked many Kenyans across the country and beyond.
Dr Gakuru passed on in a freak road crash at Kabati along the Thika-Sagana highway in Murang’a County.
Preliminary reports indicated that the Mercedes Benz E250 in which the governor was lost control after a tyre burst.
“I am told that there was a tyre burst and his vehicle lost control and rammed into a rail guard,” said Mr Mutahi Kahiga, the Nyeri Deputy governor who spoke outside the Lee Funeral home in Nairobi, where Gakuru’s body had been taken.
However, an eye witness who says he was driving behind the governor’s car, blames a motorcyclist for the accident. “Nilimuona mtu wa pikipiki aliyekuwa amebeba nyama akijaribu kuchomoka ..lakini mbele yake mlikuwa na lori…sasa dreva wa gavana akajaribu kuavoid yule mtu wa mortorbike. Kama si huyo mtu wa pikipiki, gavana wetu hangekufa,’ (“There was a motorbike carrying meat that suddenly appeared on the road from the side and encountered a lorry ahead of him. So, he tried to overtake the lorry by getting onto the lane where the governor’s vehicle was. The governor’s driver was trying to avoid killing the boda boda driver,)” said Muigai Ngengi while speaking to Citizen TV at the scene. “The accident occured at 8 minutes to 7am. The driver swerved and knocked the guard rails. Suddenly, I saw the car tyre flying in the air,” he added.
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He was rushed to Thika Level 5 Hospital for emergency treatment but succumbed to his injuries on arrival.
Daily Nation reported that Gakuru died as medics prepared to airlift him to Nairobi for specialised care.
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 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,” Daily Nation reported.
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.
Kenyan Cultural Expo –April 27th – 29th, 2018
The annual Kenyan American Cultural Expo is here. Beginning this Friday, Kenyan American Community Church (KACC) will be hosting the “Atlanta Majuu Cultural Festivals” from April 27th–29th, 2018. The event will be held at the Cultural Center located in Marietta, Georgia and will be graced by popular gospel artiste, Emmy Kosgei among other guests.
This year’s event coordinator, Ms Catherine Nogu, told this reporter that the event is expected to be bigger and better than last year’s.
“The event is aimed at promoting Kenya Cultural awareness and celebration among the Kenya-Diaspora community in USA thereby enhancing cultural diversity and consciousness,” she said.
“Those in attendance may also win two weeks vacation for two in Jamaica too,” she added.
In a nutshell, this weekend’s Festival will be featuring the following key events;
“We want the president to tell Supra he must go. That man is full of corruption,” 25-year-old Oratile Seadira, a construction worker who lives in a shack on the outskirts of Mahikeng, was quoted as saying.
“We have nothing. No houses. No good schools. No hospital. People are saying they will burn the city if he doesn’t go.” The streets around him were quiet as Ramaphosa arrived.
Miriam Visage, 52, told the media that she and other South Africans in the region had been neglected.
“We have been neglected. We want Cyril Ramaphosa to come and see how we live, to scramble in the mud like us,” She said.
She added that she lives in a two room township house with her six children and seven grandchildren.
“The ANC is full of empty promises,” said Visage, accusing the police of firing live rounds during the protests. “We were very peaceful. Do they think we are wild animals to be shot?”
A jilted old man, 80, and wife, 79, are locked in an unusual divorce case and property wrangle that has bounced back and forth between village and sub-county authorities without resolution.
The Ugandan man, Paul Osinge, filed the case before the Akaramai village committee, seeking separation from his 79-year-old wife, who he claims has ejected him and has moved on with another fairly young man of 60 years.
The estranged couple accept they have lived peacefully for the last 18 years in Akaramai Village, Labori Sub-county, Serere District, but disagree whether it was as husband and wife.
The frail looking Osinge said his decision to seek separation from Norah Iningoi, 79, is a painful one.
“I felt a sense of both rejection and dejection as my wife has for the last two months moved on with another fairly young man,” he lamented.
But Ms Iningoi, a mother of six, with multiple grandchildren, dismisses Mr Osinge’s claims that they have been living as wife and husband.
Speaking from her home at Akaramai Village, Labori Sub-county, Ms Iningoi said: “I hosted him here since 2000 as a gesture of humility and hospitality, not as my husband. His claims of being my husband are lies. At my advanced age! Do I look like a young woman with feelings?”
But Mr Osinge, a father of five children and nine grandchildren, said he understands they have not married officially but seeks fairness in the split.
He said Ms Iningoi has stayed with him and wasted his productive years at her home.
“My going to the area village committee is to help us divide the five bags of dried potato chips, chicken we have raised together, a bag of sorghum, a bag of millet, saucepans, and one goat we equally worked for, and I will leave her home,” Mr Osinge said.
Official stuck with case
But the divorce case is stuck before the Labori Sub-county community development officer, Mr Mathias Elau, who said the case is unusual.
“I received the cries of that 80-year-old man, but I couldn’t handle the case. I referred him to his area village committee to handle,” he added.
Mr Osinge told Daily Monitor that until February, they had lived amicably as husband and wife, but his wife’s attitude suddenly changed.
“I got to learn later that in my absence there was a fairly young man in his 60s, who has been filling my space,” he said.
To his surprise, he said, he discovered it was the wife of one of his sons, who was a matchmaker for her mother-in-law.
Mr Osinge said his companion has thrown him out of their house and tossed his beddings to the kitchen to officially create room for her new love.
But Ms Iningoi said she made up her mind to kick out Mr Osinge because he was much of a liability, only eating food she toils for.
“I told him that now that you have aged, kindly look for the whereabouts of your clansmen, in case of any sickness, I may not be of help because I am also now frail,” she added.
She said this did not go well with Mr Osinge. “It’s here that he started to frame me as being in love with another man.”
Ms Iningoi said out of goodwill, she offered Mr Osinge a bag of dried potato chips, but he reportedly sold off the entire bag, and has now placed additional claims for her property before the village committee.
But Mr Samuel Okello, one of the grandsons of Mr Osinge, received the news of his grandfather’s ejection with joy.
“It is a wakeup call for him to go and resettle with his clansmen in Kyere Sub-county, Serere District, where he deserted 56 years ago.
Mr Peter Aisu, the area village chairman, together with his committee members, said their attempts to mediate a peaceful separation between the two have not yielded any fruit after Ms Iningoi refused to share any property.
“As the village committee, we looked into the contested property, and thought they would divide, but the old woman has not bought the idea,” he said, adding that they will refer the matter to the sub-county.
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