We all know traffic on Thika Road can be hectic but on a holiday, one would expect a smoother ride. Well, you guessed wrong. The road leading between Roysambu and Githurai was a hot mess after being blocked by angry residents this Mashujaa Day.
And they had reason to be mad. One of their own, identified by Kasarani OCPD as Mureithi Kaburu was found floating on the man-made dam just past Githurai this fateful morning, after he drowned on Sunday.
Residents who witnessed the incident say the carpenter-cum-fisherman slipped off the downward slope, falling into the water and subsequently drowned. A group of young fellows in the area tried to rescue him after they heard his colleague shouting for help. They were unfortunately, not successful.
His body then went missing and only resurfaced on Thursday morning, triggering a protest that saw policemen shooting at residents and dousing them in teargas.
When asked for comment, the Kasarani OCPD, Robinson Mboloi said he knew about the incident but his team had no capabilities to retrieve the body.
“We were not able to trace the body until today morning and the body was removed and taken to mortuary. In the police we do not have divers but we had requested services of the fire brigade from the Nairobi city county. We don’t have anyone who can do diving”.
He stated that the body had been taken to Kenyatta University mortuary. Residents were clearly still seething from the loss of one of their own, with one saying that the man had a one-week-old baby and was fishing to supplement his income.
Apparently, the water-filled hole, which came as a result of work from the nearby Clay Works factory, is almost six-storeys deep and deaths happen on a weekly basis although nothing is done.
Mboloi confirmed the sentiment saying;
“We have heard of incidents from time to time”,
Although he could not confirm the frequency.