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Survivor of Kimende accident that killed 12 says he was classified among dead, saved by police



One of the three survivors of a tragic accident that happened along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway at Kimende on August 29, 2018, has narrated what happened on the fateful day.

John Ombogo Duchichi was the driver of the 14 seater Public Service Vehicle (PSV) that was headed to Busia but collided with an oncoming lorry killing 12 people including pupils.

Survivor of accident that killed 12 people including pupils recounts moment vehicles collided 2 years onThe matatu belonged to Royal Mirage Sacco. Photo: John Ombogo.
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Speaking to, Ombogo said the accident happened after the lorry which was being driven on the wrong side of the road lost control and hit his vehicle head-on.

” I saw a vehicle being driven on my lane but from the opposite direction and it had full lights on,” narrated Ombogo.

” I was contemplating what to do since I could not move to the other lane and at the same time calling on God to help me then I heard a loud bang and went unconcious,” he added.

The matatu that belonged to Royal Mirage Sacco and the lorry fell off a cliff due to the impact of the collision.

According to the driver, he was pronounced dead at the accident scene and when rescues were preparing to take him to the mortuary, a police officer noticed he was still alive.

Ombogo said although he had sustained serious injuries, the officer noticed his hand was moving and ordered he be rushed to the hospital instead.


Survivor of accident that killed 12 people including pupils recounts moment vehicles collided 2 years onJohn Ombogo Duchichi was the drive of the matatu that collided with an oncoming lorry. Photo: John Ombogo.
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Having broken both his legs and hands, he was rushed to the AIC Kijabe Hospital while in critical condition and was later admitted at the facility for eight months.

At the health facility, Ombogo underwent ten surgeries while receiving treatment for other wounds and by the time he was discharged, he had an accumulated bill of KSh 1 million.

He was released on condition that he would clear the accumulated bill once he was compensated by the insurance company that had covered the vehicle he was driving.

” A case on the insurance claim is still in court and we do not know when it will end. So we just wait,” said Ombogo.

The driver who is still on treatment is scheduled to undergo his eleventh surgery for a knee replacement.

The surgery will be performed at the St. Peter’s Hospital in Uthiru and will cost him KSh 350,000.

Having gone through the near-death experience, he is more than grateful to everyone who stood by him and encouraged him during the traumatising experience.

” Especially the police officer who noticed I was still alive, the health workers at Kijabe Hospital who took care of me and not forgetting my family and my friends,” said Ombogo.


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A very pregnant Grace Msalame and daughters show off their dancing skills in new catchy video



Grace Msalame might be in her 39th week of pregnancy but don’t be fooled. This particular lady can dance better than most slay queens parading their half danced bodies on social media.

Well, we found out about Msalame’s dancing skills through a video shared on her page. The lady who is seen rocking quite a huge baby bump went on to shake her body; and what made the video more cute is the fact that she was joined by her twin daughters.

Judging from how the girls moved, it’s obvious to see that the dancing skills run in the family; and the fact that they also look everything like their mummy – gave fans another reason to talk!

39 weeks and still strong

From how sexy the pregnant mama looks, one wouldn’t tell that she is just a few days from popping! This comes as a big surprise considering the fact that most pregnant women tend to be lazy days before having the baby.

Well, Grace Msalame is definitely not one of them and the video says it all!

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Agony of man walking with 3 bullets lodged in his shinbone



On February 27, 1994, Peter Wamkota then aged 39 left his home in Nalongo village, Bungoma county, for a political meeting before proceeding to his shop, which was a few metres on his way home.

The meeting was to sensitise locals on the need to identify themselves with a newly formed political party that was to drive the region’s development agenda.

His task was simple — mobilise locals into drumming support for a two-year-old party known as Forum for Restoration of Democracy (FORD) in his capacity as the region’s chairman.

He was in perfect health and nothing appeared out of the ordinary as he attended to buyers in his wholesale shop. While he was preparing to close late in the night something strange happened.

“Three armed people in police uniform walked in, approached me and began shooting me without saying a word. Three shots were directed on my thighs, one on my chest and the other three on my legs, the gunmen walked away after accomplishing their mission,’’ he says.

After the shooting, the former (FORD) Bungoma chairman was left at his shop writhing in pain, lying in a pool of blood with seven bullets in his body. He was helped by neighbours, who rushed him to Bungoma District Hospital for treatment.

Though he doesn’t like to talk of the ordeal, pain from the bullet wounds is a constant reminder of the tragedy that visited him that day. With every passing day, the polygamous man wishes things were different.

The incident shook the quiet village of Nalongo and locals staged several protests demanding the arrest and prosecution of officers who had shot Wamkota.

After nine months at the health facility, Wamkota was out of danger but he was referred for specialised treatment at St Luke’s Hospital in Eldoret. He had three bullets still lodged in his shinbone.

Wamkota says his family, through the sale of a two-acre parcel of land, managed to raise money for his treatment. However, doctors at the facility failed to remove the metals in his body saying their removal could cause the breakage of his bones.

‘’X-ray pictures showed the bullets were inside a bone and that the only way of removal was to be transferred to hospitals outside the country, which has never been possible,’’ he says.

After he was discharged from the hospital in 1995, Wamukota was arrested and locked up at Nzoia Police Station for 13 days without trial. During the period of his incarceration, his family was barred from seeing him.

“It was very tough. Imagine you are not fully recovered and still on medication but the police are bent on torturing you. My prayer then was never to end at Kamiti Prison,” he adds.

It did not take long before he was transferred to Webuye Police Station where he spent five more days without being charged in court.

However, things got worse for Wamkoto when he was later moved to Kamiti Maximum Prison.

‘’I remained in detention for six months where I was thoroughly beaten and molested. I was tortured as a way to make me confess I was planning to overthrow the Government. My fellow prisoners died due to this harassment and beatings,’’ he notes.

In 1996, Wamukota was released and went back home to seek medication after a recommendation by prison officers who noticed his deteriorating health.

For more than two decades, the three metals in his body have been a thorn in his flesh and not even pain killers can quell the sting.

Staring at the puckered scars on his thighs, the events of that fateful day remain engraved in his mind, as pictures of those who shot him cloud his sight. As Wamukota limps out of his house each day, prodding his way to his shop in crutches in order to make a living, the 64-year-old laments his political friends deserted him at the hour of need.

“Since the shooting incident, none visited or cared to know of my health despite the massive contribution I made to the party.

“I have learnt people are only close to you in your good days. In my worst moments, my family was literarily reduced to beggars,” he laments.

Life to the father of 16 has never been the same. From struggling to do basic things like walking on his own, to meeting basic needs for his family. He has exhausted his finances and at one point turned into a beggar. Wamkota biggest regret is getting involved in the murky waters of politics.


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