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Bomb blast leaves widow devastated as son’s feet are amputated

Master Joshua Senteyo at Kiambu High School in February this year.
Master Joshua Senteyo at Kiambu High School in February this year.
During the incident that happened at the GSU training camp in Magadi, Mpatiany Tipango, 11, died and has since been buried.

A Kajiado woman whose son is admitted at a city hospital after sustaining a bomb explosion injuries has no place to live in Nairobi.

Faith Sitat, a widow and a resident of Magadi, told the Star on Tuesday her landlord in Nairobi’s Ngara area has threatened to evict her owing to non-payment of rent.

Her son, Joshua Senteyo, 15, was injured in a bomb explosion at the General Service Unit training camp in Magadi on June 20.

Master Joshuia Senteyo at his Kenyatta National Bed on Tuesday, June 30.
Master Joshua Senteyo at his Kenyatta National Bed on Tuesday, June 30.

Senteyo, an “A” student at Kiambu High School, sustained serious injuries on both ankles and have since been amputated at the Kenyatta National Hospital.

During the incident that happened at the GSU training camp in Magadi, Mpatiany Tipango, 11, died and has since been buried.

An elder who was in the company of the two boys, Tipango Nkiyiaa, 62, did not sustain any injuries when the explosion happened as they crossed with their cattle from the Kamukuru area to Lenturume area of Magadi Ward in Kajiado County.

“In that incident, we lost two goats and a small boy. My son has now been amputated. I am happy so far for what the GSU has done in helping my son get treatment,” said Sitat.

She said her problem is shelter while in Nairobi to check on her son.

“He still needs me. He needs counselling and I am there for him. The only problem is that the house I was living in Ngara is being given away because I have no money for rent,” said Sitat.

The house in Ngara was rented by her elder son and another man. They have not paid rent for the last three months.

The two had provided Sitat with a place to be sleeping after checking on her son at KNH.

Sitat said during the first week, the GSU had been transporting her from Magadi to Nairobi daily.

“They stopped bring me to Nairobi and I am now going to have a problem as there is no place I can stay as I check on my son,” she said.

Efforts to reach out to Magadi MCA, Joseph Masiaya and Kajiado West MP George Sunkuyia for comment on the explosion in Magadi hit a dead end after the two failed to pick our calls.

Master Joshua Senteyo, 15, at Kiambu High in February with his class teacher and mother Faith Sitat.
Master Joshua Senteyo, 15, at Kiambu High in February with his class teacher and mother Faith Sitat.

On March 9, 2006, two police officers were killed and seven others seriously injured as they underwent bomb handling training at the Magadi GSU camp.

The officers whose names and ranks were being withheld until their next of kin were informed, were among 115 training at the shooting range.

 

 

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