Deputy Ruto leads Kenyans in mourning Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru

Deputy President William Ruto addressing the press outside Lee Funeral Home where the body of the late Governor Wahome was taken after his death. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: Deputy president William Ruto has lead Kenyans in sending condolences following the demise of Nyeri governor Dr. Wahome Gakuru who died after being involved in a grisly road accident along Nairobi-Muranga road.

In his statement, Ruto termed Gakuru as a credible leader who had great vision and ideas for the nation who made an immense contribution to the growth of academic research in the Country.

“We grieve with the family, friends and the people of Nyeri County following the passing on of governor Wahome Gakuru in a tragic road accident. Dr. Gakuru was an energetic, conscientious, shrewd leader who had great vision and ideas for his constituents and the nation. “Ruto said.

“He made an immense contribution to the growth of academic research and innovation. The country has lost a brilliant mind. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones, people of Nyeri, the academic fraternity, and Kenya as a whole.”Ruto said.

Governor Wahome’s body has been taken to Lee funeral home as the other two occupants are recuperating at a hospital.

He was born in 1966.

Gakuru passed on in a horrific road accident Tuesday morning at Kabati, along Thika-Murang’a road while heading to Nairobi for a talk show.

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Nyeri deputy governor Mutahi Kahiga termed the demise of his boss as horrific following the fact that they had a meeting on Monday, indicating that he had a cordial working relationship with him.

He said that they were planning to fast-track the supplementary budget of the county.

NASA principal Kalonzo Musyoka, also sent his message of condolence saying that It is with great shock and sadness that he had learned of the sudden demise of Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru.

He said that Dr. Wahome will be remembered for his role in driving the Vision 2030 Program while he served as director.

“As the Vice-President at the time that he served as the head of the Vision 2030 program, I got to know Wahome as a diligent scholar who was zealous and committed to professionalism.At this most trying time for Dr. Wahome’s family, friends, relatives, as well as the Nyeri residents and Kenyans in general, I extend my sincere hand of condolence to all those whose lives he touched.”Kalonzo said.

In the past polls, Gakuru garnered 280,037 votes against Samuel Wamathai’s 85,316 to take up the Nyeri gubernatorial seat he missed in 2013.