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 Abdulkarim Taraja's badges.

Tears as varsity student drowns while swimming

10 April 2016, 18:36

Kericho - A 3rd year student at the University of Kabianga Saturday drowned at River Chemosit in Kericho County and his body retrieved Sunday at noon.

Samson Gitonga, a Communication and Public Relations student was in the company of other friends enjoying themselves in the University not knowing that that was his last picnic.

The body was recovered following rescue efforts by the Red Cross and Disaster Management team from Bomet County and villagers.

Belgut Sub-county Deputy Commissioner, Jamlick Mbuba who was present at the scene said the incident was tragic and cautioned all the river users to be extra careful during this rainy season.

“We received information around 4p.m on Saturday that a student had drowned in the river. We tried to get the rescue team in vain but today, we were joined by Disaster Management team and Red Cross and we have retrieved the body,” Mbuba said.

He added, “It is time the students and villagers took precautions while using the river because it has history of sweeping people away,” he said.

Mbuba urged the University management to warn the students about the dangers of swimming in the river.

The Director of Communications and Editorial Services of the Student Union in the University, Cornelius Kibet said it was very unfortunate to lose such a promising colleague at that age and at that particular time.

“He was my course and classmate for the last three years. He was always jovial and friendly and it is hard to come to terms with his untimely demise,” said Kibet.

In 2013 almost the same time, a student who was in his 2nd year drowned about a kilometre from the place Samson Gitonga drowned, with the search team taking 10 days to retrieve his body.

The river is the major picnic place for the University students.

- MyNews24

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 more from our Users

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
DP Ruto accuses Raila of selling ...

DP Wiliam Ruto has castigated Raila Odinga for seeking western support to fund his 2017 election bid. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Peter Kenneth announces Uhuru 201...

Peter Kenneth has announced that he will support President Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2017 elections. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilon Ochieng
Labour Party to dump both Jubilee...

The Labour Party of Kenya is likely to avoid supportoing both the CORD and Jubilee factions during the 2017 General Elections. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Ukambani MP quits Jubilee, to run...

An Ukambani MP has quit the Jubilee Party, citing voter apathy as his reason behind leaving the ruling coalition. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Government launches probe into Po...

The government has launched an inquiry into the circumstances that could have led to two National Police Service helicopter accidents in August and September this year. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilwon Ochieng
Deputy Governor's ally found with...

The EACC has recovered KES 2 million in fake currency from a close ally of Deputy Governor for Tharaka Nithi Eliud Mati. Read more...