Uhuru Campaigner among grievers in Meru grisly accident

Eight died after a 'Nissan' matatu they were travelling in on Saturday rammed into an oncoming lorry.

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Jubilee Party's Meru County campaigner Irene Kendi. PHOTO: MPASHO

A chief Jubilee Party campaigner in Meru County is mourning the loss of her mother in the widely-reported road accident that happened in Ngon’yi along the Meru-Nkubu road on Saturday, August 12.

Irene Kendi lost her mother in the crash in which eight people lost their lives while on their way from Maua to Chuka in the neighbouring Tharaka Nithi County, for a dowry negotiation ceremony.

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The wreckage of a matatu after an accident that killed eight people in Ngonyi area, Meru on August 12, 2017. PHOTO: THE STAR

“Losing a mother is the worst nightmare for every child. My mom is among those who succumbed in the grisly Meru road accident today. It will remain a dark moment for me and my family, forever. Why now dear Lord?” A devastated Kendi said on Facebook.

The said news dampened her celebrations after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announced that Uhuru Kenyatta had won the presidential race.

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The accident also left six others hospitalised at the the Meru Referral and Teaching Hospital with varying degrees of injuries after evacuation by staffers of the Kenya Red Cross Society.

The happened just days after the General Election and is one of the major road accidents to be witnessed in the area in months.

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Zipo.co.ke has learnt that the matatu which was overtaking a motorcyclist, collided head-on with a lorry coming from the opposite direction (Nkubu). The motorbike rider was also injured.

Kendi and members of the Mount Kenya Foundation had traversed different areas of Meru County to push for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election.

She also served as Babu Owino’s deputy at the University of Nairobi Students Union (SONU).