State, family question DP Ruto’s rush to bury Gakuru soon after crash

The State and family of former Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru have questioned the urgency of politicians, led by Deputy President William Ruto, to bury the remains of the county chief following a grisly road accident.
Dr Gakuru died in a crash at Makenji area on the Nyeri-Nairobi highway on the morning of November 7, 2017 while being driven to the city for a radio talk show.
During an inquest into the circumstances that caused Gakuru’s death yesterday,Senior Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Peter Mailanyi and the family representative Martha Waweru questioned why plans to inter the governor kicked off immediately.
A witness, businessman Wachira Keen, told the inquest that it was the Deputy President who ordered for the start of the burial arrangements after political leaders viewed the governor’s body at Lee Funeral Home.
Funeral arrangements
Mr Keen testified that the politicians held an informal meeting at Serena Hotel Nairobi to start the funeral arrangements, in accordance with Mr Ruto’s directive.
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko chaired the meeting, Mr Keen told the inquest led by Nyeri chief magistrate Wendy Kagendo.
The trader, who was the chairman of the Athi Water Services Board, had accompanied the body from Thika Level Five Hospital where the governor had been rushed for medical attention.
The Deputy President joined them at Lee Funeral Home, he said, adding, there were many leaders at the mortuary, including Mr Sonko and Nyeri Senator Ephraim Maina.
Other leaders present at the mortuary, the witness recalled, were governors Ferdinand Waititu (Kiambu), Mwangi wa Iria (Murang’a), Kiambu deputy governor James Nyoro and Kieni MP Kanini Kega.
Asked by the State counsel why the burial arrangements were started immediately, the witness said he could not suspect anything sinister and that it was not surprising.
He added that the DP’s move was a good gesture from a responsible political party leadership and government.
But the State counsel and the family lawyer questioned what occasioned the hurry. “Why was there a hurry to bury daktari (Governor Gakuru) and start the plans even before his body got cold?” Ms Waweru posed.
Ms Waweru suggested that the Gakuru could have risked his political career because he had started his governorship job with a zeal and gusto of uniting the Central region.
The inquest will resume on Monday.
The inquest heard that the governor was taken to Thika hospital in businessman Wachira Keen’s Toyota Prado car with severe injuries on his legs and below the hip joint.
On way to hospital the county boss was groaning in pain.

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