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Benga musician Jimmy Wayuni dies after his car hits lorry

Wednesday May 27 2020
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Kikuyu Benga musician Jimmy Walter Githinji, popularly known by his stage name Jimmy Wayuni, who died in a car crash on May 26, 2020. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By SIMON CIURI

Kikuyu Benga musician Jimmy Walter Githinji, popularly known by his stage name Jimmy Wayuni, has died in a car crash.

Wayuni died on Tuesday night after his car rammed into a lorry at Kahawa Sukari near Githurai 45, as he headed to Nairobi from Ruiru, Kiambu County.

Ruiru OCPD Phineas Ringera told the Nation by phone that the musician was trying to exit from Thika Road at Githurai 45 when he hit a lorry from behind.

“What we have gathered so far is that the said musician was heading from Ruiru to Nairobi. He tried to exit the highway at Kahawa Sukari and join the service lane that leads to Githurai 45 when he rammed into a lorry,” said Mr Ringera

“He was seriously injured and was rushed to St Joseph Hospital where he passed away while undergoing treatment,” added the police boss.

Mr Ringera said Wayuni’s body was transferred to Kenyatta University Funeral Home.

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The wreckage of his vehicle was towed to Kahawa Sukari Police Post.

The musician is known for his hit songs “Airitu a Ruiru” and “Wayuni Utuire Uhenagia” among others.

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