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Kajiado Residents Demand Justice over Death of a University Student

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By Shadrack Nyakoe

The residents of Ole Kasasi Kajiado County have petitioned the County government to investigate the death of a student of Nazarene University who passed on in February while riding a motorbike.

The 25-year-old Douglas Kimathi, died a sudden and early death as he was riding a motorbike and hit a road bump that was illegally erected by private citizens along the dusty and abandoned road engineering of Ole Kasasi road.

Until his death, Douglas was a young family man, a fourth year and hard-working proprietor of an Agro-vet shop in Ole Kasasi.

On this day he was riding a motorbike and was unaware that a bump had been erected during the day.

He lost his life and left behind a distraught young wife and his bewildered four-year-old daughter.

The abandoned 11 Kilometre  engineering of Ole Kasasi road is a violation of the civil rights of thousands of residents and road users, including users of the Ongata Rongai SGR Railway station, the Nazarene university, a number of colleges, a significant number of residential hotels, restaurants, and a large number of schools and places of worship.

“The engineers have abandoned the road since 2019 and left it in a dangerous and unsanitary state with dust pollution rising into classrooms and chocking children as they walk to school. The road is also a polluted and dangerous watery and muddy mess in the rainy season. The state of the road includes unfinished culverts, dangerous trenches, construction rubble, and other dangerous debri. The completion of Ole Kasasi road will provide a safe passage to thousands of school children, safety for motorists and pedestrians, quick emergency road evacuation, and promote the commercial activities of the Ole Kasasi area and its environs,” said Collins Oluoch, a resident at Ole Kasasi and one of the petitioner.

He added that no other person must die a death caused by the abandoned engineering of Ole Kasasi road.

The residents also called on the Governor of Kajiado County, to immediately commission an audit of the status of Ole Kasasi road, an inquiry into the death of Douglas Kimathi, and institute the completion of the road.

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Vihiga: Section of Secondary School dorm razed, no injuries

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On Tuesday evening, a portion of a dormitory at Ebunangwe Boy’s Secondary School in Vihiga County caught fire.

Billy Maloba, a witness to the incident, estimates that the fire started at 8 o’clock.

“No one was injured in the accident since it happened when the students were doing their night preps in class,” he said.

Ebunangwe is a mixed boarding and day school.

The school has only one dormitory.

“It was raining around that time so it took a while for people to notice the fire,” Maloba, who said he lives a few metres from the school, said.

He claimed that once the fire was put out by the locals, the Vihiga fire department arrived.

Since property with an unknown value was destroyed, the cause of the fire has not yet been identified.

By the time of publication, the school still had not released a statement regarding the incident.

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Body of Ugandan man who drowned in River Sagana found

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By Wanja Waweru

The body of a 21-year-old man who attempted to swim in the River Sagana l and drowned has been discovered.

Alex Mande drowned on May 18 and his body was discovered floating in Kengen Dam, some 10 kilometers from where he drowned.

Young Mande, a native of Bungoma in Uganda, perished while learning to swim in the choppy River Sagana in Kirinyaga county.

“The young man was out with his friend when he drowned,” said Joseph Mbirua, a resident of the area.

“His friend tried to help him from the waters but was unable. It was at this point that he raised alarm,” said Mbirua.

Villagers who arrived at the scene tried to search for the body in vain.

“Residents have been holding vigil on the river bank, combing the waters in search of the body until today when we received reports that his body had been discovered,” he said.

“The people of Rukanga stood with us during this difficult time. I would like to thank them and everyone who came to help us,” said Andrew Masiga, one of the family members.

“We are making arrangements to take the body to Bungoma in Uganda,” he said.

The body was taken to Murang’a hospital mortuary.

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3 children killed in accident in Kiambu

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Three children from a Kiambu family lost their lives in a horrific car accident.

The mother of the murdered children claims that they were on their way to pick up their sister when the tragedy took place.

Three of the patients who passed away in the ICU at the time were with a sibling who had survived the disaster.

The children’s mother said that she was unable to determine how the kids got into the accident.

“They had gone to pick up their sister then they come back. I wouldn’t know how they found themselves here in this accident,” the woman told a local publication.

She stated that the last time she had from her children they were okay.

“The last time I spoke to them was at around 9.30 am. They told me they are okay. George left at 9 am to pick up his sister. I don’t know how all of them ended up in the accident scene,” she said.

Images seen from the accident scene show a lorry, a motorbike, and a separate vehicle.

The lorry had a cracked screen while the other vehicle had a broken bumper.

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