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.
Following the death of her husband, a Kenyan woman breaks down at the funeral as she tells of how James (the deceased) abandoned her and the children and went on to “eat life with a big spoon” with his Mpango wa Kando. The referenced second woman was also in attendance and was not amused by the revelation and confronts the now wailing wife. It was messy and noisy.
All roads lead to Marietta Conference Centre this Saturday as a Kenyan-born preacher holds a Mega free-entry crusade. Dubbed the Atlanta Healing Crusade, the eagerly awaited event will be presided over by Evangelist Steve Salania.
Mr Salania runs The Gift of Healing and Discernment through Jesus Christ Ministry.
“This year’s theme is God wants you whole and not sick,” he told Kenya Satellite News Network through a statement.
“God wants to do something for you that He has never done before. Don’t miss this opportunity to encounter the worldwide ministry of Steve Salania and experience the same impartation of the dynamic power of God that untold number of people have received,” the statement added.
The Crusade happens on March 24th 2018, beginning at 2:00-5:00 PM.
The Center is about ten miles West of Atlanta via I-75 North. You may call 404-993-0677 with any questions.
Below is a testimony from a person who only introduced him/herself as CJ
“I BELIEVE IN YOUR GOD STEVE. I told you about my pain through the phone. I told you I don’t have faith anymore….I’m the kind that keeps everything to themselves and smile like nothing is going on…but on that day, I don’t know how I opened up…You stopped everything you were doing and we prayed about 4 times.
I had no Faith coz I visited major hospitals here in USA where the different machines could not find anything. I was in extreme pain but I thought it’s normal to me and I accepted my painful life. But that was not true because now I am pain free. I pushed people away from me so as not to see me in pain but Your God did it for me.
MAY HE CONTINUE USING YOU. THANK YOU AND MORE BLESSINGS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. I still don’t believe yet that I can sleep without pain meds… your God came Himself… I shed tears of Joy and I will Forever be Grateful.”
National Resistance Movement self-declared general Miguna Miguna is accusing a group of Kenyan promoters based in Dallas, Texas of stealing $20,000 from him during his tour to popularize NRM in the US city.
Miguna toured Dallas on March 10th, where he held meetings with Kenyan diaspora community and wooed them to support his NRM agenda.
His visit was organized by a Kenyan promoter, Steve Aseno, who among others; booked the meeting hall and arranged for Miguna’s flight.
The former Nairobi gubernatorial aspirant delivered a speech to his followers in Dallas, which was followed by a fundraiser to raise cash to help him foot legal bills and fix the damaged doors, which were broken by police during his arrest at his Runda home.
Miguna now claims that Aseno swindled $20,000 raised from the Dallas meeting. He said the Kenyan promoter declined to give him the whole amount donated during the fund drive.
Aseno has denied the claims, stating that he even suffered a loss of more than $1,000 from the event.
The promoter said the event flopped after Miguna launched attacks on National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga over his unity pact with President Kenyatta, days before coming to Dallas.
Aseno said that several of Odinga’s supporters who had confirmed their attendance pulled out after Miguna’s attack on Odinga. Only 114 guests attended. Guests were charged $20 to enter the hall, $10 to take a photo with Miguna and $50 for an unframed photo of Raila.
“Because of Miguna running his mouth, he did not sell a single portrait and the donations became very few to the extent that most supplied had to take a cut for the sake of Miguna,” Aseno stated.
Miguna received $1,195 from the fundraiser and Sh$150 from the photos. Aseno has challenged Miguna to “use logic and explain where the figure of $20,000 came from.”
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