In Summary
  • He had announced an increase in budgetary allocation to the agriculture sector from Sh100 million to Sh500 million.
  • Dr Gakuru was in the process of launching an ambitious programme to resuscitate the sub-sector.

The death of Governor Wahome Gakuru will forever remind the people of Nyeri County of a promising leader who never lived to see his dreams come true.

With his rich academic credentials and having been one of the authors of Kenya’s Vision 2030 – the country’s development blueprint – people had high hopes in the new administration of the 51-year-old economist who will be buried on Saturday in Kirichu Village in Kiganjo location.

He had been elected governor on August 8 with a landslide after promising to work jointly with farmers and other stakeholders in turning around the agriculture sector – starting with the ailing coffee industry, which is Nyeri’s economic mainstay.

COFFEE FARMERS
To live to his promises, Dr Gakuru was in the process of launching an ambitious programme to resuscitate the sub-sector.

The programme was to be rolled out as soon as the National Treasury released the county’s funds.

And he was to share his vision with farmers on Thursday when he had convened a coffee stakeholders meeting at the Green Hills Hotel.

The meeting was called off following his shocking death on Tuesday.

AGRICULTURE

The mystery surrounding the accident that claimed his life on Thika Highway is yet to be unravelled.

"As soon as our budget is approved, we shall start rolling out the programme, which will ensure that every coffee farmer has access to affordable farm input.

"And my plan is for the farmers to first improve the structure of the soil," Dr Gakuru told Sunday Nation in an exclusive interview on September 29, a day after he opened the second county assembly.

He had in his speech announced an increase in budgetary allocation to the agriculture sector from Sh100 million to Sh500 million.

PETER KAREITHI
The governor’s death evokes memories of an almost similar incident some 40 years ago.

This was the death of educationist Peter Kareithi Munuhe, who died at Kenol, which is not far from Kabati where Dr Gakuru’s official car crashed.

Kareithi, as he was popularly known, had won the hearts of many when he vied for the Mathira parliamentary seat in 1974 but lost to the late Davidson Kuguru.

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