One person died while two sustained serious injuries after a lorry they were using to transport stolen logs of trees from Lugari Forest was involved in an accident inside the forest.
The accident occurred after the lorry loaded with logs lost control as it joined Makutano – St. Paul’s road and fell with logs falling on the deceased and his two friends.
According to Reuben Konzolo received the shocking news of his elder brother Isaac Adisa 59 death from Mr. David Asiyenga who they were together with when the accident occurred.
“My brother was healthy and is the breadwinner of his family. His death is a blow to us,” mourned Mr. Konzolo.
After the incidents, the body was removed from the scene and hidden in a thicket inside the forest as the lorry was also removed from the scene and hid at an unknown place..
According to Lugari primary school guard Patrick Lumumba, as he was heading to work at around 5am, he saw a canter lorry which had fell in a ditch and logs of trees were being removed by a tractor.
The deceased family led by the mother Jane Konzolo and Mugumu village elder Manasseh Kegode, have called for speedy investigation into the incident.
The injured were rescued by fellow illegal loggers and rushed to Naitiri Health center in the neighboring Bungoma County.
Forest officers said they were not aware of the incident that occurred less than 300 meters from their office.
Confirming the incident, Lugari Sub County OCPD Bernard Ngungu said they have launched investigations into the incident.
“Logging was banned long ago but we are investigating to determine how the incident occurred,” he said.
The body was removed by officers from Lumakanda police station and taken to Chebaiywa mortuary in the neighboring Uasin Gishu County.
This comes barely a week after a tree nursery worker was found dead in the forest with private parts injured.