Popular Nairobi businessman JR Githere has passed away.
Githere died following a grisly road accident along the Nairobi-Mai Mahiu highway on Saturday night. Naivasha assistant county commissioner Dennise Diffu told Nation that the accident occurred at Governor area along the busy highway.
Reports indicate that the tycoon was driving to his home in Naivasha from Nairobi when his Range Rover rammed into a stationary truck.
Githere, who is the owner of Tamasha Restaurant situated in Hurlingham, Nairobi, died while being rushed to Mai Mahiu dispensary.
His body was later moved to Lee Funeral Home in Nairobi while the wreckage of the vehicle was towed to Mai Mahiu police station.
Nation reports that the deceased was set to spend a night at his expansive home along Moi South Lake Road, then join ODM leader Raila Odinga at a church service in Naivasha the following morning.
Pharis Chege, a former mayor for Naivasha and longtime friend of Githere, said he learned about the incident at 3:00 am on Sunday.
“We have been friends for the past 40 years and his death is a major blow. We were not only friends, but also age-mates,” said Chege.
ICT and Innovation Principal Secretary Jerome Ochieng’ eulogized Githere a jovial fellow, who had a great sense of humor.
“JR was generous and always full of humor. A very good friend indeed. I will miss you on the walking tracks in Parklands,” Ochieng’ said through Twitter.