– The late Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru’s wife dismissed claims by his family lawyer that she plotted his death
– According to her, she could not have killed him due to her convictions and faith
– Catherine Wahome also revealed that the former county boss was also pursuing a divorce from her which had been finalised by the time of his death
– The two had been living separately since 2008 after she moved out citing space constraints
– Gakuru died in a grisly accident an the Kenol- Thika dual carriageway in November 7, 2017
– According to a government pathologist, the former county boss succumbed to excessive bleeding
Late Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru had been pursuing a divorce from his wife since 2013 after the two resorted to live separately from 2008.
The late governor’s widow, Catherine Wahome made the revelations on Thursday, October 3, at the Nyeri Law Courts as she testified in a public inquest into the death of Gakuru.
A report by Citizen TV, shows Wahome denied claims from lawyer Martha Waweru, who is representing the Gakuru family, that she was part of a bigger conspiracy to eliminate him.
According to the lawyer, Wahome had conspired with the then county boss’s former driver and personal assistant to get rid of him as their marriage was on the rocks.
However, Wahome said that she could not have killed her husband due to her convictions and faith and that she had decide to move out due to space constraints.
“The house we have been living in was small and badly in need of repairs. It was not the right environment to bring up children,” she said while justifying her moving out.
She told the court she left her home in Opul Court in 2008 rented a house at Belmote Court in Nairobi’s Westlands leaving her husband and three children behind.
According to her, she later move to their present residence in Runda in 2011, together with their three sons, adding that Gakuru would occasionally pay them a visit.
“He would come and go to our home in Runda depending on his work schedule. We lived like husband and wife despite the divorce petition in court,” said Wahome.
The widow told the Nyeri Chief Magistrate Wendy Kagendo that by the time her husband died in a road accident in November 7, 2017, the divorce suit filed five years earlier was yet to be heard.
“I had not been separated from him or living separately. We were living like a husband and wife, with secondary differences normal in any family,” she said.
She further admitted that the late county boss had sired a child outside their marriage, with DNA tests confirming that.
Others who testified during the inquest was Government pathologist Johansen Odour who said the late Gakuru had died due to excessive bleeding after the accident.
Odour, in his testimony, said the late governor would have survived had he not been trapped in the wreckage of his vehicle for long
Loise Mathini, an intern at the Thika Level 5 Hospital who received the governor’s body, also testified noting that his clothes were soaked in blood when he was brought into the facility.
The Jubilee Party governor died just three months into office after he was badly injured by a guardrail that pierced through his official Mercedes Benz in 2017.
He died at the Thika Level Five Hospital, where he had been taken after being freed from the mangled wreck of the car.
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