Siakago tragedy casualties hit 16 as families call for help from government

By , K24 Digital
On Sun, 21 Nov, 2021 19:01 | 2 mins read
Police probe murder of truck d river killed along Thika road.
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Mbeere North Member of Parliament Muriuki Njagangua has called on the national government to chip in and help in burying Kenyans who died in Siakago accident.

Speaking when he toured the area to hand over Ksh 700,000 which was given out by Deputy president William Ruto to help in burial preparation and treatment of the survivors, the MP said the locals are in dare need due to the tragedy.

The number of casualties according to Mumenji ward member of county assembly Newton Kariuki has raised to 16 after five more people died in hospital.

Njagangua said he had written to the government through interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho so that the government can assist in footing the burial expenses.

"This tragedy has shocked us, it's a very unfortunate accident that affected our people, i have written to the national government to through interior PS Karanja Kibicho so that the government can help us with resources to ensure we give the deceased a befitting burial," Njagangua said.

He urged spiritual leaders to remember the families in prayers and pray such incidents don't occur in the area again.

Former Embu Senator Lenny Kivuti who also visited the families described the incident as a huge loss to the village.

"The area MCA had told me that they were 14 people now they have hit 16, this is devastating for one village," Kivuti said.

Kivuti further urged everyone who can help to meet the targeted budget so that the deceased can be accorded a befitting send-off.

Mumenji ward MCA Newton Kariuki said that the burial has been slated for Friday this week at Kivue area in Mumenji.

The elderly people died while travelling from Kivue area in Mumenji to Siakago market while on their way to register for Inua Jamii program.

Their bus developed a mechanical problem and fell in Thura bridge