The surprise early Tuesday death, through a grisly road accident, of Nyeri Governor Dr Wahome Gakuru shook the country to the core.
Dr Gakuru, a first time Governor, had for the last few months brought order to Nyeri County where County Assembly members and the late governor Nderitu Gachagua never saw eye to eye.
Humble but tough gentleman, Dr Gakuru meant many things to many people. He even discouraged friends and his constituents from referring to him as "His Excellency" till he 'earned merit' to be called so.
Dr Gakuru was respected by many. He was a patriot. He had friends across across all walks of life. He abhorred negative tribalism.
"Difficult to believe road carnage has claimed the life of Nyeri Governor but that's life. It's really a candle in the wind
#RIPWahomeGakuru" tweeted @ConsumersKenya
"We grieve with the family, friends and the people of Nyeri County following the passing on of Governor Wahome Gakuru.
#RIPWahomeGakuru" said Deputy President Mr William Ruto on his Twitter account
"I've learnt with great shock that Nyeri Governor was involved in an accident at Kabati on the Thika-Kenol Highway & was rushed to hospital", said Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko who later visited the Lee Funeral Home.
"A calm gentleman, an erudite economist, a visionary leader, a down to earth politician. We have lost a great man in Dr. Gakuru. Go well bro", said Nairobi Senator Sakaja.
On his part, President-Elect Uhuru Kenyatta had a long and moving eulogy of the late Governor.
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