RIVER ENZIU TRAGEDY

Mwingi bus tragedy: Seven more bodies retrieved, total 31

Seven bodies were recovered from the wrecked bus.

In Summary

•Twenty two out of the 24 victims were members of St. James Good Shepherd Catholic church in Mwingi, Kitui County.

•The recovery exercise started early in the day, led by the team comprising of divers from the Kenya Navy.

Bus that plunged into River Enziu, killing more than 20 passengers near Nguni market, Mwingi Central, Kitui county retrieved on December 5, 2021
Bus that plunged into River Enziu, killing more than 20 passengers near Nguni market, Mwingi Central, Kitui county retrieved on December 5, 2021
Image: ANDREW KASUKU

The bus that plunged into river Enziu on Saturday has been retrieved.

The bus was retrieved on Sunday evening.

Seven bodies were recovered from the wrecked bus bringing the number of deaths to 31.

Kitui governor Charity Ngilu confirmed that more bodies were still in the bus.

She said recovery operations are still ongoing.

Twenty-four deaths were reported on Saturday after the bus capsized in the river in Mwingi East.

Twelve people were rescued. 

The recovery exercise started early in the day, led by the team comprising of divers from the Kenya Navy.

The ill-fated bus is retreived from River Enziu on December 5, 2021/ANDREW KASUKU
The ill-fated bus is retreived from River Enziu on December 5, 2021/ANDREW KASUKU

The wreckage was retrieved by two NYS cranes and a Kitui County excavator.

Twenty two out of the 24 victims were members of St. James Good Shepherd Catholic church in Mwingi, Kitui County.

They died after a St. Joseph’s Seminary  bus they were traveling in was swept away by water at a rift while it attempted to cross the river at around 1.30 pm on Saturday.

A communication circulated to members from the church leadership seen by the Star indicated that the victims were headed to a wedding ceremony when the incident occurred.