Three workers died of suffocation while cleaning a septic tank at a private home in Nakuru’s posh Milimani estate on Tuesday afternoon.
The three who worked as bricklayers in the house suffocated in an attempt
Nakuru West Sub-County Police Commander, Francis Wahome, who confirmed the incident, told the Nation that the deceased had been tasked with repairing the septic tank when the tragic incident occurred.
“The three people worked as bricklayers in the private house. They were hired by the owner of the home to repair the septic tank before they died,” Mr Wahome told the Nation.
According to the police chief, the first person entered the septic tank, but a few minutes later the others tried to call him but he could not answer, which prompted one of his colleagues to go in and check what happened to him.
The police chief revealed that the second person also fell silent after entering the septic tank.
The third person also went in to check on their colleagues but suffered the same fate.
“We have launched an investigation to establish the events that led to the deaths of the three. They worked in the private house, unfortunately we lost three lives,” he said.
Mrs Rose Wanjera, who lost her husband David Mutua, told the Nation that she spoke to her husband on Tuesday morning.
Ms Rose Wanjera, whose husband was among three people who died in a septic tank at a house in NAkuru.
Photo credit: Mercy Koskei I Nation Media Group
“We had breakfast together before he went to work. He has been working at home for a year. I lost my best friend and the father of our children. “I am so heartbroken,” a tearful Wanjera told the nation.
“When I received the news of the death, I couldn’t believe it at first. “I thought I was dreaming,” she said.
According to Ms Wanjera, the owner allowed them to live on the premises when her husband was employed as an employee at the home.
“He left a big gap in the family, he left me two children, one of whom lives with a disability. He was our breadwinner; “I don’t know how I’m going to raise the children,” she continued.
Ms Betty Akalla, a domestic worker who witnessed the incident, said the foreman assigned one of the men to clean the septic tank.
“One of the men, identified only as Matuka, was tasked with opening and cleaning the septic tank and he asked the two for help before they died,” Ms Akalla revealed.
Ms Akalla said the third victim thought the first two were unconscious and decided to check on them; However, he also lost his life.
She said they asked for help from neighbors, who suggested they call emergency responders from the county’s emergency management department.
“We called for help. They arrived within minutes and tried to save her life but it was too late, we only heard them whisper that the matter should now be dealt with by the police. We knew then that we had lost her. They were very hard-working and social colleagues,” she said.
“The bodies were taken to the Nakuru town mortuary,” the 22-year-old woman added.