August 19, 2022

Court to Rule on Whether Rigathi Gachagua Will Testify in Ex-governor Gakuru’s Death

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Nyeri governor Mutahi Kahiga and Mathira Member of Parliament Rigathi Gachagua will know if they will testify in the inquest into the death of former Nyeri’s third governor, Wahome Gakuru on August 18, when the High Court delivers its ruling.

While deferring the matter virtually, Nyeri High court judge Justice Florence Muchemi said: “We shall deliver the ruling on August 18.”

The duo had on March 28 filed an appeal before Justice Muchemi seeking to appeal a decision made on January 20 by Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi summoning them to appear as witnesses in the public inquiry.

Andayi had argued that governor Kahiga and Gachagua would give the inquest an opportunity to get facts about how governor Gakuru died.

According to court documents, Gakuru’s family is seeking an explanation from governor Kahiga over his utterances during Gakuru’s requiem mass where he is quoted saying that he had warmed the deceased against using his Mercedes Benz due to its mechanical state.

Rigathi Gachagua, became a person of interest in the case after it emerged that Wahome Gakuru had ordered an audit into the misuse of public funds during the tenure of his brother, Nderitu Gachagua.

Magistrate Andayi had also extended the orders to the County Secretary Benjamin Gachichio and Paul Wambugu the Chief of Staff who were responsible for assigning the governor’s staff.

The public inquest is investigating the car crash at Makenji along the Kenol-Nairobi highway, which claimed the life of governor Wahome Gakuru on November 7, 2017.

The inquest was adjourned temporarily pending the outcome of the application by Kahiga and Gachagua which are seeking a revision of orders summoning them to testify in the inquest.

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