The body of Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua is expected in the country on Wednesday (1/03/17).
Nyeri Senator Mutahi Kagwe said the Government through Kenya’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom is working to ensure the body is back to the country as soon as possible.
“The National Government has already activated machinery to assist the family that is already in London, Ambassador Amayo is already there and is involved in the process. It is also clear and evident that the arrangement to fly the late governor’s body home takes a little bit of time and normally it would take at least two to three days. Therefore unless it happens otherwise we would expect to receive the governor’s body by latest on Wednesday or Thursday,” said Kagwe.
Gachagua died while admitted at the Royal Marsden Hospital, United Kingdom after suffering from pancreatic cancer.
“I have talked to his brother Rigathi Gachagua this morning and he has confirmed. We are very saddened by the news,” indicated Deputy Governor Wamathai while adressing the media.
“The Governor tried to talk to me last night but he was very weak. I could hear it from his voice. He passed on later in the night. We are still trying to figure it out but it is a very big blow to this county,” he added.
President Uhuru Kenyatta eulogised the late governor through his Twitter account, describing Gachagua as a noble and dedicated public servant.
“Governor Gachagua was a great leader, an action-oriented man who served the people of Nyeri with diligence,” he said.
His Deputy William Ruto said the people of Nyeri had lost an able and dedicated servant.
“He was an astute politician who made significant contribution to his constituents and the nation. May his soul Rest In Peace,” he said.
Gachagua was Nyeri’s first Governor and was elected in 2013 on a (Grand National Union (GNU) party ticket alongside his deputy Wamathai.