Testimony from Catherine Kirumba Wahome – wife to the late Nyeri Governor- revealed that the couple were on the brink of a divorce. According to her, by the time of her husband’s death, there was an ongoing divorce suit filed in 2013 which however, was yet to be heard.
She revealed these intricacies during the public inquest into the death of the former county chief. The inquest took place on October 3, 2019 at the Nyeri Law courts.
Appearing before Chief Magistrate Wendy Kagendo, Mrs. Catherine Wahome revealed various family secrets that had been hidden from her and the public eye.
Inter alia, she told the court that she was unaware that Maina Gakuru, brother to the late Gakuru, had been listed by her late husband as the next of kin in the county government’s pension and benefit scheme.
The widow to the late Nyeri governor also denied claims alleged by the Gakuru family lawyer, Martha Waweru. The lawyer had accused Catherine, a former driver and a personal driver of conspiring to eliminate the then county chief.
Mrs. Wahome further confessed that Gakuru had sired a child outside their marriage and had a DNA test report to prove the allegation.
Details from the inquest also revealed that the couple had been living separately in different addresses due to space constraints in the family home. “The house we have been living in was small and badly in need of repairs. It was not the right environment to bring up children”, she responded during a cross-examination by Senior Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions, Peter Mailanyi.
She informed the court that in 2008 she left her husband and kids at the matrimonial home in Opul Court and relocated to a rented house at Belmote Court in Nairobi’s Westlands constituency. In 2011 however, the family moved to their present residence in Runda adding that occasionally the late Gakuru would pay them a visit.
Similar to other marriages, she claimed that their marriage too had its ups and downs. In the divorce petition the late Gakuru not only claimed that his wife was inciting their three sons against him but also had sought orders to have her live as far away as possible from him for his peace of mind. It was against this background that her husband had filed for divorce.
The inquest continues on 28 October, 2019.
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