Nyeri County Assembly Speaker John Kaguchia has confirmed that the
Governor, his driver and bodyguard suffered serious injuries after the
early morning accident and were rushed to the hospital.
The Governor was rushed to Thika Level 5 hospital awaiting a transfer to a Nairobi Hospital but succumbed to his injuries.
Governor Wahome’s body has been taken to Lee funeral home as the other two are admitted to hospital. He was born in 1966.
Nyeri Senator Ephraim Maina described the late Gakuru as a kind man who had the interests of Nyeri at heart.
“He was a hardworking man who had a good plan for Nyeri County. He
was committed to cleaning the system and it is sad that we have lost
“We thank God for the time we had with him,” stated Mr Maina.
Kenyans have since taken to social media to send messages of
condolences to friends and family of the late, as well as condoling with
the residents of Nyeri County.
The former Vision 2030 director garnered 280,037 votes against Samuel Wamathai’s 85,316 to take the seat he missed in 2013.
The governor’s technocrat background had put him in good stead to
deal with a range of issues in his in-tray, having taken over a
government that for the better part of the past five years was almost
dysfunctional owing to incessant wrangles between the executive and
members of the county assembly (MCAs).
Nyeri residents looked up to Gakuru, after a harsh critic of the
outgoing administration, for solutions, especially in spurring
development and changing the fortunes of the ailing coffee and tea
sectors in the county.
Gakuru was also a distinguished academician. Between 2001 and 2004 he
obtained a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Arizona State University
after graduating from Willamette University – Atkinson Graduate School
of Management with a Master of Business Administration degree.
He also held an MBA from the University of Nairobi earned between 1991
and 1993 after graduating from the same institution with B. Com Honours –
Business Administration in 1991 having had joined theUniversity in 1988.
was a lecturer at the School of Business at the University of Nairobi
since 1994 where he taught Ph.D candidates besides running his