A family in Nyakahura village of Kangema in Murang’a County has pleaded for assistance after five members perished in an accident on Sunday.
The five members died after the vehicle they were traveling in was involved in an accident at Kwangolia area along Machakos-Wote road in Makueni County.
The family members were accompanying their kin who was visiting his in-laws at Mukuyuni area.
One family member, Peninah Muthoni, said her grandson and wife together with two children perished after the vehicle lost control and rolled several times.
She said also a granddaughter who was staying in Nakuru also perished in the 3pm accident.
The family members are pleading to the government to get assistance to transport bodies from Machakos mortuary to Kangema to lay them off.
“We are yet to come into terms with the big loss. Am now left with only one granddaughter and we appeal for assistance for their burial,” lamented Muthoni.
The accident occurred as the family members were on their way back to Murang’a after spending time with their in-laws with locals who witnessed the accident claim the driver was speeding.
Monicah Wanjiru Irungu, a neighbour, said she received a phone call at 4 pm from a man who informed her that one of the vehicles that the family members were using had been involved in an accident.
Wanjiru’s last born daughter who is married in the family was in the entourage but in another vehicle.
Wanjiru, a village elder, said they were struggling to deal with the loss. The family had lost another daughter who succumbed to cancer late last year.
“It’s not easy to comprehend the loss. We have lost our dear ones and sadly our two young children. We will accept God’s will,” she further said.
Eunice Kariuki, nominated MCA and a neighbour, said she heard screams coming from the home around 7 pm only to receive the sad news when she rushed there.
“I was shocked. That is such a huge loss to happen to one family at once; and only God can comfort this family,” the MCA said.
Kariuki said she has been liaising with those still in hospital and that Kang’ethe is awaiting an amputation procedure at Machakos general hospital.
She called upon leaders to come in and help the family prepare the burial of the five members.
By Bernard Munyao