Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24 Kenya. The stories here come from users.

Latest Badges:

View all Nivlek's badges.

Student swept by raging flood water

15 May 2012, 14:59 Kelvin Wanjohi

A Form Three student at Salama secondary school in Nyahururu district was swept to death by raging flood water  while returning home on the first day of the term.   His four male school mates, who like him had ignored the advice from their teachers not to dare cross a seasonal river near the school, escaped death narrowly but watched him from the other side of the river, being violently swallowed up and furiously rolled over and over again down stream.  

Other bewildered day scholars returned to school where they were accommodated by boarders in the dormitories with the principal’s orders.  The swollen, angry Morogo river effectively cut off Salama and Lorien locations from Wednesday evening to the whole of Thursday, marooning residents of the two locations who, however, combined efforts in searching for the body of Noah Kiptanui along their respective banks of the river.  

An unknown number of cattle, goats and donkeys were reported to have perished in the flood. Salama secondary school principal, Josphat Kimani Muhindi, joined the villagers and the entire school community in searching for the Noah’s remains. He condoled the bereaved family.  Muhindi’s predecessor, Charles Gachoya who transferred from the school last year to head Sipili secondary school, also sent a message of condolence to the bereaved family and the Salama fraternity. 

“Noah was a brilliant student. His untimely death is a big loss to the community, which should look for ways and means of preventing a repeat of death in such a manner in the area,” said Gachoya.   Salama chief, Peter Maina Muthui, who also mobilized and joined the community to comb the river banks in search of the student’s body, also expressed grave concern in the manner the death occurred.   

Before the disaster, the principal, and the teacher on duty, Mrs Mugo, had cautioned the day scholars against crossing the river, offering to have them accommodated in the school.   A resident of Salama, J.B. Ndung’u, told news people that the disaster could not have happened if pleas from the local people to the Laikipia District Roads Engineer and the Laikipia West Constituency Development Fund (CDF) committee to made a proper bridge at the scene where master Kiptanui perished had been heard.  

“There are only a couple of shallow culverts and some short iron rods indicating the edges of the small bridge. The school boy tried in vain to hold on to the rods, but logs being carried by the water that had overflowed the culverts pushed him over,” said Ndungu.   By the evening of Thursday, May 10, the search teams had covered more than six kilometres down the river from the ‘bridge’, without retrieving the body. But shreds of the student’s school uniform were recovered hanging onto twigs trapped by rocks in the river.  

A teacher at Ainap Moi primary school in Lorian, Francis Maru, said that the ‘bridge has been a disaster in waiting’, and blamed the area’s leaders for the disaster.    Ndung’u, a former head master of a local public primary school and currently the secretary of Salama Farmers Company, said that he had personally been trying to follow up the issue of the bridge with the relevant offices since year 2007.   Ndungu said that the local CDF committee should use the money set aside for disasters to construct the bridge anew.  

“The bridge is on the road that connects Gatundia, Lorian, Salama, Muruku and Lower Pesi. I remember the road had been allocated Sh 3.9 million, but why the bridge was left incomplete is what we ask ourselves,” said Ndung’u, who is also the chairman of Salama Police Post CDF Project.   

“Like the bridge, the police post is indicated in books as being complete, yet it requires at least Sh 700,000 to be completed even if there are three officers living there. Electricity passes by the post, we have submitted a quotation from KPLC of Sh 35,000 for the post to be connected, but the CDF people do not seem bothered. The post has been allocated Sh 2.8, but only Sh 2.2 million was disbursed. This is queer,” Ndungu said.  

A heavy rain storm had started in the area as well as in the upper parts of Nyahururu district and surrounding districts at around 4:00PM on Wednesday and continued almost throughout the night.   The acting O.C.P.D Patrick Makoha confirmed the matter and said that the boy had missed his step before he finally lost balance and fell into the river.    He said police officers  tried to rescue him but failed due to the ensuing darkness. He also asked those using footbridges to be more care in this rainy season. The body was however retrieved on Friday afternoon, and burried on Monday, May 14.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
William Korir
Kikuyu 2022 vote will go to Peter...

The 2022 Kikuyu vote will go to Peter Kenneth, a Rift Valley Governor has warned DP William Ruto. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
CORD threatens to boycott 2017 po...

The CORD Coalition says that it will be forced to boycott the 2017 elections if there is no new voter register in place by the time. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Disgraced Jeptoo stripped of 2014...

Organizers of the Boston Marathon are stripping Kenyan runner Rita Jeptoo of her 2014 victory as part of the athlete's newly extended doping ban. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
ODM beats Jubilee in 3 by-electio...

ODM dominates Jubilee Party in by elections.

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Kenyan ivory seized in Vietnam

Vietnamese authorities have seized 1 tonne of ivory smuggled from Kenya, the fifth such seizure in the past month. Read more...

Submitted by
Cyril Mike Odhiz
Kenyans furious on young lady aft...

A young Kenyan woman is the talk of town after she posted a photo with her elderly lover after a round of steamy sex, or so the photo suggested.  Read more...