Gatundu family seeking justice after grader demolishes their days-old house

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 5 Nov, 2021 10:16 | 2 mins read

A family in Gatundu North, Kiambu County is now seeking for justice after a grader that was constructing Kariua to Kiawairati village road lost control and destroyed their house.

Wanjara Kariuki’s family says it is counting losses of up to Ksh1million as the grader destroyed all their home appliances and brought their house down.

Kariuki, who is a bodaboda rider in his village said the house he built from his savings was destroyed by the grader, days after he completed it.

He said that the August 7 incident also led to the death of the grader’s driver who perished as he tried to jump from the moving road works machine.

“I have lost everything including the house and all the appliances that were in it as the moving grader found its way to the table room,” he said.

Since the incident occurred, Kariuki said that he has become a beggar and has been sleeping at his friends houses together with his entire family.
He said that completion of the house was a culmination of years of hard work and major sacrifices.

The contractor who was rehabilitating the Kiambu County owned road, had promised to compensate him by helping him rebuild it but has since been taking him in circles.

Faith Wambui Gitau, his wife, revealed that the occurrence was the beginning of troubles for their family as their children hardly find time to study as the small house that their friend gave them has no electricity and has been leaking rainy water.

“Even cooking I do it quite early nowadays since I have to do it outside. We have been suffering a lot but we thank God that our children were not in the house at the time of the incident,” she remarked.

Her sentiments were echoed by other villagers led by Ng’ang’a Wamuthua who decried that local leaders have failed to take up the matter.

“Leaders have only been making fake promises to the family that now must beg for somewhere to sleep. It’s sad that something has not been done for two months now,” he decried.

The villagers urged Kiambu County government to intervene and help Kariuki rebuild his house terming his hard work as rare in the village.