It is with great sense of sorrow that I, early this morning, learned about the passing on of Governor Nderitu Gachagua, following his long and hard fought battle with cancer. My family and I send our deepest condolences and sympathies to his wife, Margaret, his children, his siblings and family and his Nyeri constituents.
Words cannot convey the magnitude of this loss. Governor Gachagua was a great leader, an action-oriented man who served the people of Nyeri with diligence.
His tenure boasts many accomplishments. In terms of infrastructural development, he oversaw the construction of over 1000 km of gravel in Nyeri, which saw many areas, previously inaccessible during the rainy season, opened up. Under his tenure, citizens of Nyeri were finally able to conduct business late into the night—up to 10 pm—thanks to his efforts to improve street lighting in trading centers. Governor Gachagua also registered progress in the area of education: initiating a bursary fund that now benefits 10,000 secondary students a year.
As President, I had the distinct privilege of working alongside Governor Gachagua, who served as Chairman of the Council of Governors’ Agricultural Committee, to implement coffee reforms and ensure better prices for coffee farmers in Nyeri and across the country. I will forever be grateful for his valiant efforts and support in this area.
Prior to ascending to the Governorship, he faithfully served the citizens of Mathira constituency as their Member of Parliament from 2002 – 2007. There, he was ranked the second best manager of CDF funds nationally, in the year 2006.
As we mourn the loss of a noble and dedicated public servant, we pay tribute to his legacy which, I hope, will be carried on for generations to come. We honour his life, his achievements, and the example which he has left with us.
May God rest the soul of Governor Gachagua in eternal peace.
UHURU KENYATTA, C.G.H.,
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA
24th February, 2017