Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua has passed on after a long battle with cancer.
Gachagua died at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London early Friday morning while undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer.
The governor’s brother, Rigathi Gachagua said that Nderitu died at 2:15am with close family members by his bed.
Rigathi is quoted by Daily Nation saying: “He (Governor Gachagua) has left us after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer. It is very sad for the family but we have accepted God’s will.”
There will however be no by-election as Nyeri deputy governor Samuel Wamathai will take over as acting governor in the run up to the August 8, 2017 elections.
Gachagua has been out of the country several times since his election, flying to India and London for treatment.
Concerns about Gachagua’s health surfaced in May last year after he missed the burial of former First Lady Lucy Kibaki held at Othaya in Nyeri County.
This made some of his political rivals to launch an unsuccessful push for his removal, claiming he was unfit to hold office.