‘This car will kill me,’ former Nyeri Governor Gakuru told deputy
Former Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru told his deputy that his official car, which caused his death, was the one that would eventually kill him.
The startling claims were made on Tuesday by his successor Mutahi Kahiga during his requiem at the Dedan Kimathi University of Technology in Nyeri.
Governor Kahiga, who was sworn in on Monday, November 13, said that he was shocked to find out that the late governor had traveled outside Nyeri County using his official vehicle.
“I keep asking everybody who bothers to listen, how did Wahome Gakuru find himself in the Mercedez Benz outside Nyeri… it was faulty and he had told me three or four times ‘my brother hii gari ndio itaniua’ (this is the car that will kill me),” said Governor Kahiga. “Many times he used his own personal vehicles because he felt they were better and safer.”
This comes after the county government allocated Ksh.13 million for the purchase of a new official vehicle for the governor in its revised budget estimates tabled at the county assembly on Tuesday.
“As we are speaking, there is no governor’s car. The car I’m using I got it from the Department of Finance,” he added.
Governor Gakuru died on Tuesday November 7 after a grisly road accident on Thika-Sagana highway, Murang’a County.
The late governor who was accompanied by his personal assistant Albert Kaguru, bodyguard Ahmed Abdi and driver Samuel Wanyaga was heading to Nairobi for a talk show.
Police said that the accident was caused by a tyre burst that caused the vehicle to ram into the rail guard which speared into the vehicle inflicting injuries to the governor and his aides.