Uhuru, Ruto Sing at Governor Gakuru's Funeral

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto surprised mourners during the funeral of the former Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru when they got up on the podium to sing a hymn.

    The President and his deputy were invited to join ward representatives as they delivered their presentation in honor of the departed Governor.

    Nyeri county assembly Speaker John Kagucia eulogized the governor as a great friend of the county assembly who had managed to bring them together.

    [caption caption="Governors acting as pallbearers for the departed Governor of Nyeri, Wahome Gakuru"][/caption]

    He added that the Governor consulted the assembly on countless occasions and earned high respect for doing so.

    The Members of County Assembly (MCAs) went on to invite Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga, the President, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, DP Ruto and his wife Rachel Ruto to join them on the podium.

    Amid chuckles from the crowd, the presidential team readily heeded and joined the lawmakers on stage and were issued with copies of the hymn.

    Mourners were amused when DP Ruto and his wife delightfully sang along and enjoyed the Kikuyu hymn. Kieni MP Kanini Kega would afterwards point out the miscalculation.

    "MCAs, God has seen what you have done, you chose a Kikuyu song and the DP... Couldn't you have found a Swahili one? But I have seen the DP and Mrs Ruto were singing along quite well, thank you," he remarked.

    The service was held at the Kagumo High School and was attended by various government officials. Those who spoke encouraged the people of Nyeri as well as the newly sworn-in Governor to ensure they honour Dr Gakuru by achieving his vision for the county.

    Mrs Catherine Gakuru courageously spoke during the function urging social media users and the media to be more sensitive in what they publish concerning the departed to allow his family to grieve in peace.

    [caption caption="Dr Gakuru's widow, Catherine Wahome with their three sons during the funeral service"][/caption]