A middle aged man from Mwembula village Sitikho sub location, Sitikho location Webuye West Constituency died after a tree he was cutting using a power saw fell on him.
The Saturday 25th June 2016 will forever remain etched in the minds of the family of Maurice Mufwinyi Pokola as he was the breadwinner of the family.
According to the deceased’s wife her husband was of good health on the day of the tragedy when he left his home early for his daily duties of cutting of trees.
After sometime she met people asking her of what had happened to her husband because they saw him being rushed to the hospital.
“My husband woke up early, prepared and left for his daily chores. After a short while I met people on the way asking me on what has happened to him since they had seen him being rushed to the hospital, I was also shocked because I had not known what was going on,” said Mrs. Pokola.
She was still looking for ways to follow her husband in the hospital then all over a sudden people started wishing her sorry then she was like what had happened and what they meant.
His wife went on narrating how she received news that her husband is no more.
“I received news of my husband’s demise in great shock because it was when people were explaining to me what had happened after a short while his friend came and told me that my husband is no more,” she explained amid sobs.
“I was looking for a motorbike to follow him in the hospital after I had been told that he was fallen over by the tree he was cutting before receiving the news that he had already died,” she said.
Mr. Pokola had gone to his daily task of cutting trees using a power-saw when he met his tragic death.
The accident that left Mr. Pokola dead happened barely a month after he had another accident where his hand was cut by the power saw while on his duties. He had just recovered and gotten back on his duty, according to his family.
His wife explained how they have lost a bread winner, the love of her life and a father to their children and added that they have no hopes of the future because her husband was the family’s breadwinner and young family still needed his full support.
“As a family we have lost a bread winner, I have lost the love of my life and our children have lost their lovely and responsible father. We do not know what we shall do because he was the sole provider of our family and indeed we still needed his moral, financial and physical support,” she reiterated.
Speaking to www.westfm.co.ke the assistant Chief for Sitikho Sub- location John Murutu confirmed the incident and said that the deceased was being rushed to Webuye Sub County hospital but he unfortunately passed on before reaching the hospital.
The sub chief urged all people who cut trees to be careful during their work because tree cutting is the most risk task so far, saying one can easily lose his life when not careful.
“When you are cutting trees be it using an axe or power saw you just have to be careful since this work has a lot of risks,” said Mr. Murutu.
The deceased has left one wife and three children.