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Driver tells inquest how late Governor Gakuru was stuck in wreckage for 45 minutes

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There were no efforts by emergency response teams to rescue former Nyeri governor Wahome Gakuru after he got involved in a grisly road accident along Nairobi-Kenol highway, an inquest heard Thursday.

The governor’s Mercedes Benz rammed into a guard rail at Makenji on the morning of November 7, 2017 but the disaster emergency response teams failed to offer help.

Mr Samson Kinyanjui Wanyaga, the governor’s driver, said after hitting the metallic barrier, his foot got stuck on the acceleration pedal. This caused the rail to pierce through the vehicle entering from the front and coming out at the rear for 66 metres.

Mr Gakuru, who was only 77 days old in office, stayed inside the car’s wreckage at the scene of the accident while bleeding profusely and writhing in pain for about 45 minutes with his aides and members of the public struggling to rescue him.

“The death was caused by poor response of the emergency teams. His life could have been saved. There was no effort made to rescue him,” said Mr Wanyaga while testifying before Nyeri chief magistrate Wendy Kagendo.

The witness told the inquest the vehicle had no mechanical problems and was serviceable, contrary to what the current governor Mutahi Kahiga had claimed after taking over the office.

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Days after Dr Gakuru’s death, Mr Kahiga claimed the vehicle was faulty and that he (Kahiga) had been forced to give up his vehicle for use by Dr Gakuru. But the driver insisted the Mercedes car was in good working condition adding that the deceased was changing drivers occasionally. Before Mr Wanyaga, who works with the Ministry of Health, the governor had been chauffeured by at least three other drivers for the short period he was in office.

Before the crash, the car — GVN 019A — had not been used for one week and was at the governor’s residence in Ring Road Estate.

Senior Assistant Director of Public Prosecution Peter Mairanyi together with lawyer Martha Weru, for the Mr Gakuru’s family, told the inquest that the driver caused the governor’s death through commission or was used by other agents. Ms Weru was also representing a consultancy firm headed by Governor Gakuru named as Dhamana Africa.

The inquest heard that the driver was resisting to testify on grounds that he feared for his life. Yesterday morning, after arriving at the court premises, he went to hide at the parking area.

The witness said he was being threatened by people he failed to name and that, sometimes, members of the public confront him at popular joints in Nyeri.

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But the court noted that he has never reported the threats to the police or to the State prosecutor.

The inquest continues Friday.

Source:nairobinews

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‘She said bad things about me,’ Njugush speaks about his ex-girlfriend

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Kenyan Comedian Njugush reveals that his ex dumped him because he did not have any money.

Talking to Dr King’ori on his wicked edition show, the couple recounted how they met.

Celestine says they connected well since they had just come from bad relationships.

Njugush said,

“I’m sure they are watching us today because they said bad things about me,” adding that he is grateful they broke up.

The comedian further explains how the break up was;

 “There are people in this life that speak things that they don’t know what they mean. When someone tells you that you are not headed anywhere in future. We broke up because of money, I had nothing at the moment, he said.

 

“I mean, those were tender ages and I blame her because you can’t judge a chick for not having wings yet it’s not yet a chicken.”

He says that hurt him because he took sometime before he could heal.

But now he is one of the richest comedians in town.

 

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Syokimau Commuter train stalls, again

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Hundreds of passengers were stranded on Wednesday morning after the Syokimau-Imara Daima-Makadara-CBD commuter train stalled.

The first train left Syokimau station at 6:30 am the normal departure time but kept making random stops.

After leaving the Nairobi terminal, the train stopped near Imara Daima station.

The train Hostess said the train was experiencing a mechanical problem.

“You will have to wait for about 20-30 minutes for a rescue locomotive which is coming from Makadara,” she said.

Travellers got angry due to lack of communication.

More confusion was experienced when the 7:40 am train from Syokimau-Imara Daima-Makadara-CBD arrived since commuters did not know whether to board the train or keep staying in the stalled one.

 

 

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Traffic police officer dies after being hit by matatu he had flagged down

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By JUDITH GICOBI

A Traffic police officer was hit by a Public Service Vehicle (PSV) that he had flagged down. He later died.

Mr Peter Perimoi Legetto was working at Lang’ata Police Station. He was hit by a matatu (KCH 796R) belonging to Aberdereline Sacco near the Lang’ata underpass area.

The victim was quickly taken to Nairobi West Hospital where he was being treated till his death.

“The officer met his death after being knocked down by a PSV motor vehicle a Toyota matatu of Aberdereline Sacco which he had flagged down at a road-block at Lang’ata underpass area along the Southern by-pass,” a police statement read in part.

His body was moved to Montenzuma Funeral Home in Nairobi.

 

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