Three Police officers on Friday provided their evidence before a Nyeri court during an inquest into former Governor Wahome Gakuru’s death, shedding additional light as to what could have led to the accident that killed the County Boss.
The three are among witnesses being lined-up to shed more light on what could have led to the grisly road crash that killed Gakuru on his way to Nairobi, on the morning of November 7th, 2017 near Makenji in Murang’a County.
Paul Njihia Karung'o, a senior investigations officer at the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) and a former Inspector of Police-In-Charge of forensic crime scene investigations at Kasarani Police Division, was the first to testify before Chief Magistrate, Wendy Kagendo, on Thursday.
While giving his testimony, Karung’o said that the DCIO Headquarters situated along Kiambu road, employed the services of an expert from Germany, who was familiar with the operations of Mercedes Benz cars.
He added that the Mercedes Benz in which the late Governor was travelling, rammed through the road’s guard rail and the metal split through the front left headlight to the core driver’s seat all the way through the passenger’s seat before exiting through the boot.
His statement was supported by 36 photographs, which he presented as exhibits before the Court.
According to the photographs, Gakuru suffered serious injuries on the legs, spine and lower abdomen area, which would ultimately cost his life.
Karung’o also told the Court that the late Governor had belted up prior to the accident, a revelation which was supported by a photograph marked number 25.
“The German said that the Governor had belted up prior to the accident. This was as a result of the marks that were present on his body,” Karung’o emphasized.
The Officer confirmed that the Mercedes did not have any pre-accident defect and thus had no maintenance issues prior to the accident.
Martin Shikuku, who was previously working at the Traffic Department at Makuyu Police Station in Murang’a County, said that the car might have skidded for a distance of about 150 meters to where it halted.
He told the Court this probably caused the accident after the car skidded across the road which was slippery at the time due to a drizzle.
John Shikuku, a traffic police officer, formerly attached at Makuyu Traffic Base, also said it was mostly possible, it was as a result of speeding.
Kagendo has directed the matter to come up for mention on November 1, this year.
The Court also directed Nyeri Governor, Mutahi Kahiga and Mathira Member of Parliament (MP) Rigathi Gachagua (both mentioned persons of interest in the matter), to appear before the Court, to prepare and file their statements in relation to the accident and present during the next hearing.
The two have defended their no-show in court on the premise they did not receive court orders requesting them to appear in person.