The search for the body of Hannah Gathoni continued for the third day on Sunday unsuccessfully at the Kiserian Dam. The operation is being led by volunteer untrained divers from within the community. The incident took place at around 8pm on 03/05/18.
The determined divers who are risking their lives are using basic tools such as sticks and makeshift hooks. The divers were later joined by John Rwambo who is a trained diver. Rwambo came all the way from Kiambu after being called by Hon. Manje.
Gathoni’s bag, a thermos and some of her shopping were found within the dam area. According to her sister in law Catherine Wambui, Gathoni was going home from work.
She was a business woman operating a road side restaurant in Karen. Catherine further said “Gathoni was the most hardworking person I know” Catherine told our reporter Gathoni was separated from her husband and a mother of 5 children.
According to Samson Osero who witnessed the incident, Gathoni was part of a group of 6 who decided to hold hands and attempt to cross the flooded road despite being warned by many people present. Osero further said “she seemed to be in a hurry and saying she needs to go home to see her children”
Midway through the crossing, Gathoni got scared and turned back, only to be swept by the flood water. She screamed and called for help several times and within a few seconds she was gone. Other witnesses our reporter spoke to said it was a painful scene to witness since no one could help. The search continues on Monday morning.