Police and Medics Implicated in Former Governor Wahome Gakuru’s Death

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  • Police officers and medical staff were, on Wednesday, accused of failing to rescue former Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru who perished in a grisly road accident in November 2017.

    According to witnesses who spoke in court, the governor’s private personal assistant Josphat Mwangi Maina and two bodyguards, Corporal Peter Mwaniki Maigua and Corporal Samson Lekol, Gakuru bled profusely for 40 minutes without ambulances and police help.

    When we were struggling to rescue him, his blood was flowing through the guard rail onto the road,” Lekol told the court.

    The court further heard that an ambulance and a helicopter that had been sent to rescue the governor from the accident scene arrived late at the hospital.

    Former Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru

    Gakuru was involved in a horrific road accident at Kabati in Murang’a along the Nyeri-Nairobi highway.

    The accident occurred after his driver, Samson Kinyanjui, lost control and rammed into a guard rail that pierced the car from the front to the rear.

    According to reports, the governor’s car was being driven at a speed of 130 Km/Hr while on his way to a TV interview.

    While in the chase car, at no time did we lose sight of the Mercedes vehicle. The Mercedes was about 20 to 30 metres from the lorry when it veered off the road and hit the guard rail,” stated one witness.

    Reports indicated that months leading to his demise, the governor had grown weary of security threats. He had regularly changed his drivers and driven himself sometimes.

    The inquest was opened to probe the circumstances through which the governor died.

    He had served for only three months.

    Josephat Mwangi, a personal aide of former Nyeri governor Wahome Gakuru appears in court