The scene of the accident on Wangari Maathai Road on January 13, 2017. PHOTO | ELVIS ONDIEKIThe scene of the accident on Wangari Maathai Road on January 13, 2017. PHOTO | ELVIS ONDIEKI
By FRED MUKINDA, [email protected]

Deputy President William Ruto’s police outrider died after he lost control of his motorbike as he escorted the VIP to a function in Kiambu County on Saturday.

He was riding ahead of the DP’s limousine when the crash happened on Wangari Maathai Road in Nairobi.

Mr Ruto identified the officer as Police Constable Casmel Ndege.

“Deepest condolences to the family and friends of Constable Casmel Ndege who has passed on in the line of duty.

“He was a gallant, hardworking and dedicated professional. We celebrate him for his selfless service to this country. May his soul rest in peace,” he said on his official twitter account.

At the scene, there were skid marks on the tarmac stretching about 10 metres.

Preliminary investigations showed the motorbike hit a pavement before the rider lost control.

The DP’s motorcade was travelling to Githunguri, Kiambu County, where he attended a funeral service.Mr Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta are usually escorted by police motorbikes when on official duties around the country.

The escort team is drawn from the elite Presidential Escort.

The DP attended the funeral of Alice Kamau, the mother of Mount Kenya University founder Simon Gicharu, at Gathiru-ini in Githunguri. He was accompanied by a number of MPs.