An air grief has engulfed Nyeri County for the second time this year following the death of its 3rd governor Dr. Wahome Gakuru.
The county enters the history of this nation to have lost two sitting governors in a span of a year.
The first governor of the County Nderitu Gachagwa died in office towards the end of his term on February 2017, and the current governor who was involved in a road accident Tuesday morning was hardly 3 months in office after the August 8th general election.
Governor Wahome Gakuru had hardly settled in office since his election as the Nyeri County boss in the August 8th polls before the cruel hand of death snatched him.
He died at the Thika Level Five Hospital where he had been rushed for treatment alongside his driver and body guard.
Governor Gakuru becomes the second governor to die in office since the beginning of the devolved system of governance that gave birth to County governments after the 2013 general election.
Various political leaders sent their condolences to the late Governor’s family and the people of Nyeri County.
Among them, President Uhuru Kenyatta who said on his twitter account that he last saw Governor Gakuru a few months ago during the Nyeri Agricultural Show stating that he was full of vigour, and eager to serve the people of Nyeri and the country.
“It is sad that he is now gone. The National Government stands with Governor Gakuru’s family and the people of Nyeri, and will offer all the support necessary at this time,” he added.
Deputy President William Ruto also took to his social media account stating that Dr Gakuru was an energetic, conscientious, shrewd leader who had great vision for his constituents and the nation.
“He made immense contribution to the growth of academic research and innovation. The country has lost a brilliant mind,” he said.
Deputy Governor of Nyeri County Mutahi Kahiga, who worked alongside Dr, Gakuru confirmed that the accident was caused by a tyre burst and encouraged the residents of Nyeri to remain strong.
Gakuru a former Vision 2030 director, a technocrat and an academician was said to have been heading to Nairobi for an interview when he was involved in the accident.