In Summary
  • By Monday afternoon, only Wairimu's handbag had been located by the searchers a few metres from the point where the two drowned.

  • Search efforts have largely been hampered by raging waters of the flooded river that drains into River Chania, and lack of specialised equipment and skills among the villagers.

A short journey to church for Lucy Wambui and her daughter Ruth Nduta from Kwa Maiko village in Kiambu County ended in tragedy on Sunday morning when the two drowned while trying to cross River Ruiru using a makeshift bridge.

Wambui, Nduta and son Anthony Njuguna were headed to church in Komothai area in Githunguri when the accident occurred. 


According to Njuguna, 30, who survived the accident, the trio had taken turns to cross the swollen river using a log. Nduta, 13, went first and the log twisted, plunging her into the river.

Wambui fell into the water while trying to pull her daughter to safety.  

A frightened and helpless Njuguna watched as the two were quickly swept away by strong currents.

For the fourth consecutive day now, a search party made up of mostly villagers has been scouring the river and surrounding bushes for any traces of their bodies. Without any luck.

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