NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 24 – The body of Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua is expected in the country on Wednesday at the earliest.
Speaking on behalf leaders from Nyeri County, Senator Mutahi Kagwe said the government through Kenya’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom is working with the family to facilitate transportation of body back to the country.
“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 on Thursday,” he told a news conference held at Parliament Buildings.
Kagwe said the Gachagua passed away early Friday morning at the UK’s Royal Marsden Hospital where he had been admitted for two months.
“Governor Nderitu Gachagua passed away at about 2.15am at the UK’s Royal Marsden Hospital in London. At the time of his death he was surrounded by his family who have been there with him since his situation deteriorated,” said the Nyeri Senator.
In their condolence message, the six MPs said the people of Nyeri had lost an able and dedicated servant who in his term worked to implement coffee reforms and ensure better prices for farmers in Nyeri and across the country.
“Governor Gachagua was a formidable leader and his untimely demise leaves a huge gap in our country. As leaders from Nyeri, we condole with the governor’s family and the people of Nyeri; who have lost an exceptional leader.”
“Being alive to the fact that this is an election year we urge for calm in the county and respect of our departed governor, whose hard-work and resilience shall forever be remembered,” read the statement signed by MPs Mutahi Kagwe, Priscilla Nyokabi (Nyeri County Woman Representative), Ndung’u Gethenji (Tetu), Peter Kinyua (Mathira), Kanini Kega (Kieni), Mary Wambui (Othaya), Esther Murugi (Nyeri Town) and Kabando wa Kabando (Mukurweini).