• Revelers have been thronging the area for "park and chill" activities while indulging in merry-making.

Divers prepare to retrieve body of a man who drowned in a dam at Toll area, Juja, Kiambu county on January 18, 2022
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The identity of the man who drowned in Ruiru dam alongside his unidentified female friend has been revealed.

The man was Titus Maina, a businessman eking out a living selling engineering machinery. Titus was married to Margaret Kiiru.

The lovebirds were making merry inside their car which they had parked near the dam before the incident occurred on Tuesday evening.

Revelers have been thronging the area for "park and chill" activities while indulging in merry-making.

According to witnesses, an argument broke out between the two and the man started the car and reversed into the dam.

Martin Ngugi, a diver, told the Star that they managed to retrieve the body of the middle-aged woman on Tuesday evening but failed to locate the man's body and the car.

Maina died alongside a female friend after their car submerged into Ruiru dam.
Margaret Kiiru and her late husband Titus Maina in an undated photo. Maina died alongside a female friend after their car submerged into Ruiru dam.
Image: ourtesy

However, they managed to locate the man's body and the car on Wednesday morning, Ngugi said.

"We only managed to retrieve the body of the woman. She had tried to swim and had moved towards the bank but didn't make it. We have already located where the car is and the man's body," Ngugi said.

The man's body was finally retrieved on Wednesday and taken to General Kago Funeral Home together with the woman's body.

Some residents called on the relevant authorities including the Kiambu county government to ensure the dam is fenced to avert such incidents.

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Maina died alongside a female friend after their car submerged into Ruiru dam.
Margaret Kiiru and her late husband Titus Maina in an undated photo. Maina died alongside a female friend after their car submerged into Ruiru dam.
Image: ourtesy
Maina died alongside a female friend after their car submerged into Ruiru dam.
Margaret Kiiru and her late husband Titus Maina in an undated photo. Maina died alongside a female friend after their car submerged into Ruiru dam.
Image: ourtesy