Wahome Gakuru

The police have launched a probe into the fatal car accident of Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru.

A team of detectives has been drawn from both the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the Traffic Police Department.

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Central Regional Police boss, Gideon Amala, in an interview with The Nation on Thursday, said the detectives are looking at all possible causes of the Tuesday morning crash.

The initial report from the police’s investigation indicated that the accident was caused by a tire burst.

Mr. Amala declined to reveal the status of the investigation but did not rule out the possibility of foul play.

“We are not just relying on witness accounts but also findings from the inspection of the scene and the vehicle,” he said.

He revealed that detectives have sought assistance from car dealer DT Dobie and tire manufacturer Pirelli to inspect the Mercedes Benz the governor was traveling in.

DT Dobie will inspect the crash wreckage to establish if the car was faulty during the trip from Nyeri to Nairobi. The company will also establish when the vehicle was last serviced.

According to the police report, the vehicle was fitted with Pirelli tires at the time of the accident. The firm has been invited to analyze the wheels to establish if there the tire burst before, during or after the crash.

Pirelli will establish whether the burst occurred before or after the car hit guardrails at Kabati.

The Transport ministry, on its part, will analyze the guardrails to check for their structural integrity.

Wahome Gakuru

During the accident, the car crashed through and broke 11 concrete pillars supporting the guardrail. The metal guardrail then penetrated and went through the car, seriously injuring Governor Wahome Gakuru, his bodyguard, and aide.

“The ministry will give a report on how strong the pillars were and how the rail was fitted and what velocity can break such a concrete pillar,” Mr. Amala said.

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Mr. Amala went on to advise against conspiracy theories being circulated on social media, claiming that the governor could have been assassinated.

“If anybody feels that they have a theory or any information regarding the accident should forward it to the police.”

“It is insensitive to peddle the information on social media, especially since the family is still mourning,” he added.

Wahome Gakuru

President Kenyatta and First Lady First Lady Margaret have meanwhile paid a visit to Gakuru’s Nairobi home where they condoled with his family.