The family of a 39-year old woman who drowned while taking pictures at the world-famous Thomson Falls in Nyahururu town two weeks ago has appealed to volunteer divers to help in finding the body.
The family of the late Jemima Oresha has also appealed to any other well-wishers to help find the body of their kin.
Oresha, a mother of three, was standing on a stone near River Ewaso Narok which is located at the bottom of the falls when she slipped and drowned into the River.
The body is yet to be found ten days later.
The family from Kitale in Trans Nzoia County has been camping in Nyahururu town since then, saying that their hopes to find the body was dwindling.
A team comprising KWS officers, police, county emergency team and Red Cross officials has been combing the gorge along the River, covering up to over 10 kilometres in search of the body.
Ms Emily Karani, one of the victim’s children said that they have been holding their hopes every day when the team involved in the search leave for the operation but their hearts fall deep into despair when they return without finding the body.
She said her mother was in Nyahururu to visit her when she met her death.
Distressed Ms Epines Mung’afu said her wish was for the body of her elder daughter to be found and be buried where she could see the grave.
The victim’s brother Mr Zablon Mungafu who was taking photos of his sister, when the photo session turned tragic said that the victim had travelled to Nyahururu town from Kitale in Trans-Nzoia County to visit some of her relatives who live in Nyahururu and was set to return to Kitale.
Caleb Mungafu said the family was also facing the challenge of mourning as a group due to social distance protocol of the Ministry of Health due to Covid-19.
Nyahururu sub-county Deputy County Commissioner Patrick Muli said the heavy volume of unclear water in the River coupled with huge rocks dotting the river has been posing a challenge in the search exercise.
He said that they have talked to farmers and other people living downstream to help and be on the lookout for the body.
BY NYANDARUA KNA