Poor Infrastructure In Mwingi Claims Lives of Residents

Poor Infrastructure In Mwingi Claims Lives of Residents

33 members of St. Cecilia Catholic Church Choir died after the bus they were travelling in plunged into Enziu River in Mwingi, Kitui County, an incident which occurred on 4th December, 2021.  

The members were attending a wedding ceremony of one of their church member when they met their death after the bus they were traveling in was swept away by water, overturned and sank while attempting to cross the river.

A resident reported to the media that the area is prone to floods during the season of heavy rainfall and that the river claims lives of the residents each year.

It is evident that poor infrastructure in this region is the cause of this tragedy, and such could have been avoided if better amenities were put in place, in this case a proper bridge.

Each year funds are allocated to the county government in order to construct such facilities, however, that is yet to be done for the region.

The Mwingi Bus tragedy is a clear evidence of poor leadership and misplaced priorities among our political leaders. 

It is imperative that the government needs to prioritize coming up with serious policies on disaster management and preparedness at both the county and national levels so that when such incidences occurs like the Mwingi bus accident and the Bondo mining tragedy more lives are saved.

It has been reported that the driver of the bus which was leaving Mwingi Central towards Nuu in Mwingi East was reluctant to cross the river and had waited for 2 hours and made the decision to cross river Enziu after 2 matatus and some contractors crossed the river.

It is unclear how many passengers were in the bus since some travelers hopped in to the bus get a lift to cross over the impassable river.

President Uhuru Kenyatta,  has so far condoled with the family of the bereaved members and warned Kenyans  against crossing swollen rivers especially during the rainy season.

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