WAS PLANTING TREES

Police probe farmhand's fatal electrocution in Homa Bay

Preliminary investigations revealed that Mboya touched a live underground wire

In Summary

•Eyewitnesses said some residents tried to conduct first aid by pulling Mboya away from the place of the incident.

•The body was moved to the Homa Bay Referral Hospital mortuary.

Residents and police officers at Pedo in Arujo, Homa Bay on August 3.
Residents and police officers at Pedo in Arujo, Homa Bay on August 3.
Image: ROBERT OMOLLO

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Police have asked a man in Homa Bay to record a statement after a farmhand died near his fence while planting kayaba trees.

He is accused of illegally connecting electricity to his home that electrocuted to death Regliff Mboya, 25.

The incident occurred on Wednesday at Pedo village in Arujo, Homa Bay constituency.

Security officers led by Arujo chief Bob Lang’o asked the suspect to record a statement at the Homa Bay police station.

Preliminary investigations revealed that Mboya touched a live underground wire leading to his electrocution. 

Lango said the deceased who hails from Rachuonyo South subcounty was hired to help in planting trees at a neighbouring home.

“The two homes are adjacent and separated by a fence. Mboya dug out the wire and touched it before being electrocuted,” Lang’o said.

Eyewitnesses said some residents tried to conduct first aid by pulling Mboya away from the place of the incident.

“He remained unconscious for a few minutes before he died. We later called security officers,” a resident said.

The body was taken to the Homa Bay Referral Hospital mortuary.

“The suspect should record a statement over illegal power connection and the death of the man. We’ve contacted Kenya Power to help us with investigations,” he said.

Electricians from the utility firm were able to trace the power line from the fence to the suspect's house.

Homa Bay police commander Sammy Koskey said they have arrested the man and his three members of the family.

“We’re interrogating them to establish what they know about the death,” Koskey said.

 

Edited by Kiilu Damaris

Some residents and police officers at the at Pedo in Arujo, Homa Bay on August 3.
Some residents and police officers at the at Pedo in Arujo, Homa Bay on August 3.
Image: ROBERT OMOLLO
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