Outspoken Naivasha MCA Karanja Mburu and major critic of Nakuru county government has passed on following a self-involving accident along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.
The Sunday morning accident near Diatomite Center in Gilgil occurred after his vehicle veered off the road, rolled and crushed into a tree.
It’s feared that the MCA who was a close ally of DP William Ruto could have been trapped in the wreck for over three hours before his car was spotted by members of the public.
Karanja who was alone during the accident was on his way to Nakuru from Naivasha when the accident occurred according to police.
Confirming the accident, Gilgil OCPD Emmanuel Opuru said that the tree crushed on the deceased vehicle covering it and making it impossible for other motorists to see it.
“There was an accident early in the morning in which Lakeview MCA in Naivasha lost control of his vehicle which rolled and hit a tree and in the process he passed on,” he said.
The first time and vocal MCA was a member of the disaster committee which is currently involved in distributing food relief to families affected by COVID-19 pandemic.
Nakuru County assembly Speaker Joel Kairu termed the news as shocking adding she was trying to come to terms with the death of the astute leader.
“We have lost a promising leader in Naivasha and I take this moment to send my condolences to the family and people of Naivasha,” he said.
The leader of the majority in county assembly Moses Ndung’u who visited the scene termed the death as a major blow to the county adding that he was one of the top debater in the assembly.
A colleague Stanley Karanja who is also Naivasha East MCA said that they had been in talks with the deceased the previous day discussing issues of development.
“Karanja never shied from telling any leader how they were performing and this is one of the saddest days for the people of Nakuru County,” he said.
Others who sent their condolences messages were DP Ruto and Jubilee Secretary-General Raphael Tuju who termed Karanja as a visionary youth leader.
The body has been taken to Gilgil mortuary while the mangled wreck was towed to Gilgil police station.