Public inquest into the death of Governor Gakuru to be held in January
The governor's Mercedes E250 rammed into a highway guardrail which ripped through it and emerged from the back. In the car were also his personal assistant Albert Gakuru, bodyguard Ahmed Abdi and the driver Samuel Kinyanjui Wanyaga.
The bodyguard's legs were seriously injured while the driver sustained minor injuries.
The PA and the bodyguard were later transferred to a Nairobi Hospital for specialised treatment. Gakuru was heading to Nairobi a media interview in one of the local vernacular media stations.
Shocked residents could not comprehend how the Mercedes Benz which they referred to as a small car’ could end up causing such extensive damage to the guard rails. “This is very bizarre that such a small car can cause such extensive damage to the guard rails. A person coming here would first think it was a lorry that was involved that was involved in an accident due to the nature of damage caused,” a witness said. The impact of his death is still profound, especially to residents who had overwhelmingly elected him into office on August 8, exactly three months before the accident. Gakuru's death happened nine months after Gachagua's who died at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London on February 24, 2017.