Family Holds Emotional Burial Ceremony for Son at Sagana River

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    File image of River Sagana
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  • A family opted to to throw flowers at Sagana River, seven months after waiting for their son’s body to be retrieved.

    The deceased, 20, drowned after falling into the river in February 2020.

    Reports indicated that he slipped and fell into the river during a photoshoot with friends. 

    Upon realising that they would not give him a proper send-off, relatives gathered at the river on Thursday, October 1, where they held a mass prayer and threw flowers to celebrate his life.

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    The family which assembled at Sagana River on Thursday, October 1 to mourn their son seven months after he drowned at Sagana River
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    His father, Justus Kimunya, stated that they had given up on searching for his body and blamed the government for not aiding them.

    Kimunya, while speaking with Inooro TV, detailed that his son had completed his secondary education and had hoped to further his studies after sitting the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE). 

    Over 10 people have drowned at Sagana River in the past three years. Similar incidents where photoshoots turn tragic have been reported at Thompsons Falls in Nyahururu and Nandi Waterfalls.

    The County Governments in both cases urged residents and visitors to exercise caution. However, they, alongside the National Government have been criticised for poor management and protection of water bodies.

    The case of Miriam Kigenda and her daughter Amanda Mutheu drowning in the Indian Ocean on Sunday, September 29, 2019, caused an uproar which forced the government to act.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta fired several government officials from the Kenya Ferry Service. The government also commenced with the construction of the floating Likoni Bridge to ease transport and movement across the Indian Ocean.

    Jemima Oresha, 39, who was taking photos at Thompson Falls before she slipped and fell on Monday, July 28
    Jemima Oresha, 39, who was taking photos at Thompson Falls before she slipped and fell on Monday, July 28
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