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Kilifi widow loses three children in Josa bus crash



Three youngsters from Chivara village in Kilifi County died tragically last Saturday in an accident at Josa on the Wudanyi-Mwatate route in Taita-Taveta County. Their family is in grief.

Jaribuni site chief Josephine Mrabu, whose younger sister Prudence Mrabu and their brother Emmanuel Baraka perished in the collision, is one among the dead.

The deaths, according to a relative named Mr. Amos Kavure, are a shock to their elderly and widowed mother, Naomi Mrabu.

According to Mr. Kavure, Josephine and Prudence passed away instantly, while their brother Emmanuel passed away while being taken to Coast General Hospital for additional care.

Mr. Baraka Mrabu, the deceased’s brother, and his sister-in-law, Emmanuel’s wife, both suffered just minor wounds.

Mr. Kavure claimed that the neighborhood had lost a great leader.

“The late Josephine was the breadwinner and we looked up to her for help and decision-making. We are mourning her demise at a time when we needed her most,” he said.

Mr Kavure said it saddened them to lose three family members in a day.

“The family had 10 children, two sons and eight daughters, and all were alive until the accident that took away three at the same time,” he said.

Ms Agnes Nyevu, the eldest child, mourned her siblings and said they had left behind young children.

“The deaths are shocking to us because initially, we knew only Chief Josephine had died, only to be told that Prudence did not make it.

On Sunday, Emmanuel lost the fight while being taken to Coast General Hospital. We are still in shock because we have never experienced such a situation,” she mourned.

She called on well-wishers to support them in prayers and financially.

Ms Nyevu said they needed Sh8,000 for postmortem for the two bodies at the Voi Referral Hospital before they ferry them to Kilifi.

In addition, they need to move their brother and sister-in-law from Voi Referral Hospital to the nearest hospital in Kilifi.

According to  Ms Nyevu, Emmanuel, 23, left behind a daughter while Prudence, 34, left behind three children.

Chief Josephine, 44, had four children.

Their mother, Ms Naomi, who is a pastor with the Revival Saints International Ministries Church, could not hold back her tears as she mourned her children.

“I ask God to give me strength,” she mourned.

Ex-Senior Assistant Chief Mr Albert Nyoka mourned the late Josephine and said the community had lost a  hardworking leader, a defender of the girl child and a spokesperson.

“The late Josephine was an open-minded leader who loved her work and an advocate for girl child education in our society. She would always advise girls to focus on their education for a better future,” he said.

He said her hard work saw her rise from being the Chivara Assistant Chief to Chief Jaribuni.

Mr Nyoka said the late Chief Josephine used to speak against intimidation and challenged politicians whenever they were in the wrong.

“This death is a big blow to everyone. The late Chief Josephine loved the community and would speak against the wrongs by leaders, even politicians, without fear,” he mourned.

The bodies of Josephine and Prudence are preserved at the Voi Referral Hospital Mortuary while that of Emmanuel is at the Coast General and Referral Hospital Mortuary in Mombasa.

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Vihiga: Section of Secondary School dorm razed, no injuries



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



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



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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