KMSF rally around family as navigator Mbuthia dies

A grisly road accident claimed the life of navigator Steve Mbuthia on February 15. (PHOTO/COURTESY)
A grisly road accident claimed the life of navigator Steve Mbuthia on February 15. (PHOTO/COURTESY)

The Kenya Motorsport Federation (KMSF) fraternity woke up to a mournful Wednesday engulfed in the news a grisly road accident had claimed the life of rally scrutineer and navigator Steve Mbuthia earlier at dawn.

Mbuthia met his untimely death while driving back to his home in Thika, Kiambu County after his car had veered off the road and rammed into a nearby tree. The impact felt hardest over his Ford Ranger’s roof, killing him on the spot but sparing a friend next to him on the passenger’s seat.

Rally drivers; Isaa Amwari the former Menegai Team driver, Steve Gacheru of Gacheru Rally Team and KMSF Rallye Sports Club Secretary Hellen ‘Head Girl’ Shiri were among those who sent out their heartfelt messages of condolences to his family.

“We’re waiting for the postmortem to be performed tomorrow morning at General Kago Hospital and then there after we will transfer him to a private mortuary,” Gacheru who spoke to Citizen Digital from Thika where he had rushed to condole with his colleague’s immediate family.

Amwari who is preparing for the Safari Rally in April was left in anguish as he struggled to come to terms with the thought of losing a ‘close friend and committed professional’.

“It’s a sad day for everyone within the Kenyan motosports fraternity and especially for us drivers. Steve did a lot for the sport and never hesitated to offer a helping hand wherever he went. He did scrutineering for us and had a lot of interesting in navigating.

“He was like a brother and it’s unbelievable he is no longer with us. I send his family and friends my condolences and pray to God to give them strength through this.” Amwari said.

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