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Mwingi central MP is now calling upon the national government through the disaster management unit to help Families of five people who are believed to have drowned at Enziu River in Nuu, Mwingi East Sub County, Kitui County, to assist them trace their loved ones whom they belief are still stuck in the river for two weeks now. 

His counterpart from Mwingi West constituency Charles Nguna also appealed with the government to move swiftly in areas where Kenyans have been adversely affected by floods and assist them.

Four people; a driver and three commuters are said to have went missing after the car they were in was swept away by swollen Enziu River and since then efforts to recover their bodies have been undermined by lack of experts to do so. Another body of a boy who is a student at Machakos boys High school is also stuck at a ditch downstream.

Upon reaching Enziu River, the driver is said to have send a text message to his family members claiming that their Probox got stuck in flooding Enziu River and that they were in grave danger. According to family members, since then then they have never heard from him or the other three commuters who were on board.

Now Mr Mulyungi is claiming that the police have shown a lot of laxity in handling with the matter as families of the five people is still grieving in desperation as the police have shown no willingness to help.

“Losing five people in my constituency is a very serious issue, I’m not haapy with the way the police are handling the matter,” Said Dr Mulyungi.

The legislator said that he has already conducted the Inspector General of police Joseph Boinet who refereed him to Kitui AP commandant Cheruto Githinji.

David Matavo, a uncle to the driver of the vehicle said that they have all reasons to belief that their loved ones are still buried in the river, this is after the divers who have been rescuing people at the river said that they have identified something believed to be a vehicle inside the river.

“The last thing my nephew did is that he send a text messaging that his vehicle has got stuck at Enziu River and that they were in grave danger. After that text message nobody has ever heard from him or the other three passangers who were on board,” said Mr Matavo.

Matavo said that for two weeks they have searched all over for their loved ones in vain, hence the government should intervene and assist them recover bodies of their family members from the river.
“We are pleading with the government to help us trace the bodies of our family members. Losing four people mysteriously isn’t a small thing, we are really traumatized,” added Matavo.

Peter Kilonzi said that his aunt is among those who are believed to have drowned in the river and she was heading home for burial ceremony when she mysteriously went missing along the way.

“We have been waiting for our aunt to surface at home where she was supposed to attend burial two weeks ago in vain. The last time we heard from her at around 9:00PM she said that they were at Thika on their way home,” narrated Kilonzi. 

John Musyoki confirmed that they have identified an object they believe to be the probox which went missing, but it’s in a very deep ditch in the river which only experts can handle.

“We have tried to search for the vehicle inside the water but it has been as hard for us as the ditch is too deep. We have only been able to identify something metallic which we belief might be the probox in the water using a long metallic wire,” explained the diver.

Musyoki has called upon the government to send more experienced divers with modern equipment which can enable retrieving of the vehicle from the river and help recover bodies of the four.

According to Mwingi East police OCPD Paul Munene, the police are aware of the five bodies which are still stuck at River Enziu and they have already communicated to the police headquarters in Nairobi to send experts who will help in retrieving the bodies.

“We have already sent a signal to Nairobi and experts will be here anytime to help us in retrieving the bodies of the five people,” Said Mr Munene.

The ongoing heavy rains in Kitui have caused massive destruction ranging from death and destruction of property. Most roads are impassable and now residents are calling upon the county government to do immediate intervention and help in maintaining the roads.

Since the beginning of this rainy season, more than 20 people from Mwingi have so far lost their lives through drowning in various rivers, as the county continues receiving unprecedented heavy rains.

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