Here’s what caused accident that killed Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru

Here's what caused accident that killed Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru
The vehicle that was carrying Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru. PHOTO| COURTESY

The heart-wrenching accident that claimed the life of Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru on Tuesday morning was caused by a tyre burst amid heavy downpour, police have said.

The tyre burst caused the Mercedez Benz Dr Gakuru was travelling in to lose control, veer off the road and ram into the rail guard which speared through the vehicle, inflicting fatal injuries on the county boss and his aides.

The car had four occupants at the time of the accident; driver Samuel Kinyanjui Wanyaga, Personal Assistant Albert Kaguru, bodyguard Ahmed Abdi and the governor.

Dr. Gakuru, who was heading to Nairobi for a talk show on Inooro TV, was accompanied by his personal Assistant, bodyguard and driver who were seriously injured.

They were all rushed to Thika Level 5 Hospital for emergency treatment and are set to be transfered to Nairobi Hospital for further treatment.

Meanwhile, the government has appointed ICT Cabinet Secreatry Joe Mucheru, Deputy Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga and Nyeri Senator Ephraim Maina to lead burial preparations of the late Nyeri Governor Gakuru.

Gakuru becomes the second Nyeri Governor to pass on while in office after the late Nderitu Gachagua who died last year in February at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London while undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer.

Barely 24 hours before he met his sudden death, Governor Wahome Gakuru spent time with his son who is a candidate for this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam.

Dr. Gakuru hosted Alliance Boys High School KCSE candidates including his son, at his Runda Residence in Nairobi on Monday to encourage them as they sit their final exams.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and various political and business leaders have mourned Dr Gakuru as a shrewd economist and visionary leader.

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