“I handed over my Mitsubishi Pajero to the governor [who], in some instances, used his personal cars. He thought mine was safer and faster,” he said.
The governor insisted that the items included in the budget were necessary, noting he is committed to running a transparent and accountable county government.
The Mercedes Benz Dr Gakuru was travelling in was written off after it rammed into guardrails on the Thika-Nyeri highway in Murang’a county last week.
Nyeri County will also spend Sh35 million for houses of top officials in the Sh7.8 billion supplementary budget tabled in the county assembly on Tuesday morning.
The county has retained the provisions for a car and houses in the last budget but MCAs had opposed it.
The process of buying the car, including identifying the model, had started before Dr Gakuru's death.