Nyeri County governor Mutahi Kahiga has reacted to court summons requiring him to give evidence at the death inquiry of his predecessor Dr Wahome Gakuru who died in a car crash in 2017.
“Everyone who can shed any light into this matter is free to also present their facts to the court. As long as the file is open, many more will be summoned when and where it becomes necessary,’’ said in a statement.
Kahiga went on to say that the Dr Wahome Gakuru inquiry has been ongoing for the last 4 years and that many people have been summoned to court including Catherine his wife, his body guards and driver.
He urged the people to stay calm and allow the legal process to proceed to its legal conclusion.
“Let’s keep calm as we let this legal process progress to it’s logical and lawful conclusion. Dr. Wahome’s Family and the Nyeri people and indeed Kenyans have a right to information and closure on this matter,’’ said Kahiga.
On Thurday, the inquest into the death of Gakuru – a former Nyeri governor took a dramatic turn when governor Kahiga was summoned to appear and the embattled Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua to shed light on areas the court has described as grey.
The court also issued a warrant of arrest against four police officers who attended to the scene where late governor Wahome Gakuru died in a car crash at Makenji area in 2017.
Chief Magistrate Wendy Kagendo issued the order for the arrest of sergent John Wanami, Sergent Martin Simiyu, corporal Fracis Kisavi and police constable John Kivuva after they failed to appear at the scene.
The warrant of arrest is to be effected by Makuyu police officer commanding police division.
Kagendo also gave summons for Nyeri governor Mutahi Kahiga ,Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua, County Secretary Benjamin Gachichio and Chief of Staff Paul Wambugu to appear and shed light on grey areas in regard to Gakuru’s death .
When the case came up for hearing and site visit at Makenji in Kabati area the four officers were nowhere to be seen prompting prosecutor Kennedy Magoma to apply for their arrest for disobeying court order.
While issuing the arrest warrant Kagendo said that it’s unfortunate that the four have made her crew to waste public money and they must face the consequences.
Nyeri governor Mutahi Kahiga was summoned to shed light on a statement that he made moments after Gakuru’s death saying that he had forewarned Gakuru not to use the vehicle due to its mechanical state.
Gakuru’s family laywer Mary Weru who applied for summoning the governor said that it’s prudent for Kahiga to shed light since he was a direct beneficiary of Gakuru death.
“Your honor it’s good if the governor appear in court, he made this remark in public at Kimathi university and as such let him she’d light on it” said Weru.
Ms. Weru also succefully applied for summon of county secretary Bejamin Gachichio and county chief of staff Paul Wambugu to shed light on staff assigned to Gakuru before death .
In regard to Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua the lawyer said that he must also appear in court to testify due to the fact that before his death he had insitituted audit on use of funds some of which he was said to have misappropriated during his brother’s era.
While summoning him Kagendo said that Rigathi was a person of interest in the inquest and such he should also appear. Kagendo set hearing of the case on 23/24 September at Makenji.