By Christine Muchira/ PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent his message of condolence to the family of the late Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua who died early Friday morning after a long and hard fought battle with cancer.
The president described Gachagua as a great leader, an action-oriented man who served the people of Nyeri with diligence.
President Kenyatta said the late governor’s tenure boasts of many accomplishments in terms of infrastructural development.
“He oversaw the construction of over 1000 km of gravel in Nyeri, which saw many areas, previously inaccessible during the rainy season, opened up.” Said President Kenyatta adding that, “Under his tenure, citizens of Nyeri were finally able to conduct business late into the night—up to 10 pm—thanks to his efforts to improve street lighting in trading centers. Governor Gachagua also registered progress in the area of education: initiating a bursary fund that now benefits 10,000 secondary students a year.”
The President noted that he had the distinct privilege of working alongside Governor Gachagua, who served as Chairman of the Council of Governors’ Agricultural Committee, to implement coffee reforms and ensure better prices for coffee farmers in Nyeri and across the country.
Prior to ascending to the Governorship, the late Gachagua faithfully served the citizens of Mathira constituency as their Member of Parliament from 2002 – 2007.
There, he was ranked the second best manager of CDF funds nationally, in the year 2006.
President Kenyatta said “as we mourn the loss of a noble and dedicated public servant, we pay tribute to his legacy which, I hope, will be carried on for generations to come. We honour his life, his achievements, and the example which he has left with us.”