In Summary
  • The inquest was ordered by Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti.
  • Amana Africa filed an application expressing interest to cross-examine State witnesses testifying in the inquest.
  • The vehicle had four occupants at the time of the crash.

A public inquest into the death of former Nyeri governor Wahome Gakuru, who died in a grisly road accident in November 2017, starts Tuesday at a magistrate’s court.

The inquest was ordered by Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti.

It aims to find out what may have caused the horrific road crash and the circumstances under which the former county boss died.

The inquest had started in January this year and was being presided over by magistrate Pauline Maisy Chesang, who was later suspended by the Judiciary after she was linked to the death of her husband Robert Chesang in March.

CROSS-EXAMINE WITNESSES

When the file was allocated to Chief Magistrate Wendy Kagendo on March 21, an organisation called Amana Africa filed an application expressing interest to cross-examine State witnesses testifying in the inquest.

The organisation sought to have the inquest begin afresh so as to have an opportunity to question witnesses.

Senior Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Peter Mairanyi supported the application of restarting the inquest.

Lawyer Kaari Kimathi, who is representing the late governor’s parents and siblings, also did not oppose the application.

“After we adjourned in the previous hearings (on January 16, 2019), I got information on which I would like to examine the witnesses,” said Mr Mairanyi, adding that the State has queued 20 witnesses in the inquest.

TESTIFIED

Already, three witnesses, led by the former governor’s personal assistant Josphat Mwangi Maina and two body guards, corporals Peter Mwaniki Maigua and Samson Lekol had testified.

But the three will have to testify again for fresh cross-examination by Mr Mailanyi, Amana Africa, family lawyer and any member of the public who may have a question.

The inquest will be conducted for seven days – June 25, 27 and 28 and July 2, 4, 9 and 11.

RESCUE

The three witnesses told court in the previous hearing that ambulances and police officers failed to rescue Dr Gakuru from the wreckage of the car.

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