A pending divorce and cause of death revealed in Nyeri Governor Gakuru death inquest

A pending divorce and cause of death revealed in Nyeri Governor Gakuru death inquest

The late Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru died from excessive bleeding following a road accident on November 7, 2017, according to Chief government pathologist Johansen Oduor.

According to Oduor, the late governor’s body had several cuts and abrasions which he described as pale.

The Chief government pathologist was speaking on Thursday at the Nyeri Law Courts as he testified in a public inquest into the death of Dr. Gakuru.

Three other people including the late governor’s widow, Catherine Wahome testified, with the court learning that Gakuru had also filed for divorce.

Catherine revealed that the late governor had sought a divorce in 2013. The two are said to have lived separately from 2008, however, by the time of the governor’s death the divorce had not been finalised.

She denied a theory fronted by Gakuru’s family lawyer Martha Waweru, that she could have been involved in a plot to kill the governor.

The lawyer had claimed that the late governor’s widow could have had an ill motive as their marriage was on the rocks and her official car had been withdrawn.

Catherine said that she could not have killed her husband due to her convictions and faith.

Dr. Loise Mathini, an intern at the Thika Level 5 Hospital who received the governor’s body, said that his clothes were soaked in blood when he was brought into the facility.

She said that they tried to stop the bleeding and do a blood transfusion but they needed authorization to access O -ve blood.

According to Dr. Mathini, by the time the clearance came through the patient was already in critical condition.

Efforts by a team of doctors to conduct a Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) were not successful and they pronounced that the patient had no signs of life at 8:25am.

The three are part of a host of witnesses shedding light into the circumstances surrounding the death of Dr. Gakuru who perished in a road accident on the Nairobi-Kenol highway.

The governor was heading to Nairobi when his Mercedes Benz rammed into a guard rail.


Johansen Oduor Wahome Gakuru

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