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Family in Mourning as Two Children Drown in Birrika Dam

The Killer dam in Mbirrikani which claimed lives of two minors.

A family is mourning in Birrika village, Kajiado county, after two of their children, aged 5 and 6 years-old, drowned in a open quarry dam.

The two boys had taken their goats to drink water at the open dam and later started playing around it before falling in on Saturday evening.

Kiserian OCS, Lucy Karimi, confirmed the incident and said investigations have begun to establish any possible foul play.

“We are not taking any chance on the matter because we need to also want to know if the owner of the quarry took precaution in securing the safety of the dam,” said Karimi.

She said the two bodies were moved to Nairobi City Mortuary to await postmortem by a government pathologist.

Kajiado Senator, Philip Mpaayei, who visited the bereaved family of Mzee ole Koshoi on Sunday managed to stop irate demonstrators who wanted to burn down machinery belonging to the owner of the quarry.

“I had to stop them and told them damaging property belonging to the quarry owner cannot bring the children back to life. What I want done is to make the quarry owner take responsibility for failing to fence off the property,” said Mpaayei.

The Senator also took issue with the police for taking long in retrieving the bodies and securing the scene where the children drowned.

“The police came to the scene of the accident when the workers at the quarry had already removed the bodies and moved them to a shallow dam next to where they had drowned,” claimed Mpaayei.

He further claimed the workers at the quarry also attempted fill up the dam using rocks and earth after the incident with an aim of covering up evidence.

 

 

 

 

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