A doleful atmosphere enveloped Sinai village, Mbagara sub location in Lugari Sub County after a one and half-year-old boy drowned on Situma stream. Mautuma location acting chief, Mrs. Pamela Davava confirmed the incident. “According to eyewitnesses, the boy was attempting to cross over before he slipped and fell into the the stream,” said Davava, adding it was alleged the boy was following his mother who was collecting firewood on the other side of the stream.
The deceased was identified as Daniel Ong’ayi. The deceased’s mother, Mercyline Mmboga told the press she had left the son playing with other kids. “I didn’t know my son had decided to follow me,” regretted the tearful mother.
Police officers at Mlimani station retrieved the body from the river which was later on moved to the family’s home for burial.
The local administrator has appealed to parents and guardians to take proper care of the under aged children and at the same time warned them not to allow their children to play along river banks, streams or shores.
Elsewhere, a similar mood engulfed Mirembe village, Kongoni location in Likuyani Sub County after the body of an eight-year-old boy was retrieved from Kipsangui River on Wednesday evening.
According to the deceased’s friend, the tragedy occurred at around 1.30pm on Tuesday when the two were collecting firewood from a field that borders the river. “My friend’s trace couldn’t be identified after he disappeared from the side of the field where we were collecting firewood. After close to one hour of waiting, I decided to trace him before I eventually spotted him inside the river,” the boy told journalists.
He rushed home to inform the family. Efforts to retrieve the boy-identified as Richard Khang’asi-alive were futile as his body was removed the following day.
The deceased’s mother, Mrs. Rose Masitsa regretted the incident. The body was moved to Kitale General Hospital with police officers launching investigations into the incident.
And in the third incident, the body of a six-year-old boy was found in a deep hole inside a maize plantation at Furfural village in Likuyani Sub County.
According to Mrs. Irene Keche, the deceased had barely stayed a week in the village after being taken from the streets of Nakuru. “I took the boy who was a total orphan during Prophet David Owour’s recent crusade in Nakuru,” explained Keche, adding that she wanted to take care of him.
It is alleged the boy disappeared at around 11am on Wednesday while taking care of the woman’s sheep before the body was found in the hole in the neighbour’s maize
farm at about 5pm. The body was moved to Kitale hospital mortuary, with residents suspecting foul play in the incident.
Kongoni sub location assistant chief, Mr Martin Kwenyi has appealed for calm as security agencies conclude investigations into the incident. The administrator has directed all open and unused holes to be closed in order to avoid further tragedies.