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Uhuru mourns Enziu river tragedy victims- death toll at 26

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[ACCIDENT SCENE; Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu leading rescue operations at the Enziu river tragedy scene. At least 26 people died when the bus they were travelling in plunged into the river. Photo. Courtesy].

President Uhuru Kenyatta is mourning Enziu river tragedy victims, as the death toll hit 26 on Sunday afternoon after two more bodies were recovered from the river.

Search and rescue operations were stopped on Saturday evening following poor weather conditions and increased water at the already swollen river Enziu.

In his condolence message to the bereaved families, relatives and friends on Sunday, President Uhuru prayed for God’s mercy and strength during the tough times families are struggling to bear with the loss.

Uhuru however cautioned drivers to be very careful whenever driving during the rainy season saying such tragedies can be averted only if drivers are extra vigilant and observe traffic rules.

“I urge all drivers to be very careful and observe all the guidance from the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) so that we are all safe especially during this festive season,” Said President Uhuru.

The President’s sentiments have been backed by Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu who said the Enziu river tragedy has left many families in mourning and in painful state.

“Mwingi Catholic church preacher Father Benson Katyambu lost a total of 11 nieces, 15 people who died are from the same family, this is extremely unbearable,” Disclosed a devastated Ngilu.

The Enziu river accident occurred on Saturday at around 1:30 pm when St. Joseph Seminary bus which was ferrying St. Cecilia Catholic church choir members of St. James Good Shepherd Catholic church lost control and was swept away by the strength of the water.

Other people were also onboard and were heading to Nuu in Mwingi, Kitui County for a wedding ceremony of an elderly couple of above 70 years also perished, the wedding was however cancelled following the tragedy.

St. James Good Shepherd Catholic church in Mwingi was thrown into mourning after 15 of its members perished in the tragic accident.

The search operations went on for the better part of Sunday with divers getting two more bodies of a young man and a child, bringing the death toll to 26.