The Star (Nairobi)

29 May 2012

Kenya: Sh264,000 for Lari Fire Girl

Residents of Lari constituency in Kiambu county yesterday raised Sh264,000 to pay the bill of one of the three children who died at the Kenyatta National Hospital after their house was razed down by fire. The residents met for the fundraiser in aid of the nine-year-old Wachuka Catherine Wachuka, 10, who died while undergoing treatment at the KNH's ICU where her sisters Elizabeth Nyambura, 6, and Pauline Njeri, 12, are still admitted in critical condition.

Wachuka, said his father, John Maina, will be buried today. At the same time, leaders from the area led by Lari aspirant Mburu Kahangara has called on the Ministry of Metropolitan and the Local government to donate a fire engine in the district. The people gathered at Karia ini water project grounds and raised the money that foot the bill of the girl who will be buried today at their home in the same village.

Though happy with the progress after the Star run the story last week, Maina said that they are still in dilemma as the other two who are still tapped in the ICU will have an accumulated bill which they fear will be much higher than Wachuka's. We are happy with the leaders and our fellow residents for their support but also appeal to them that we still have the other two who we are still not yet sure of how much they will have used," said Maina.

Meanwhile, Kahangara said that there has been a series of fire in the area and there was need for the Ministry of local government and metropolis to step in and find a durable solution on the matter. He noted that the district which is served by Kiambu County council has no fire fighting engine. He appealed to the cabinet minister Jamlek Kamau to ensure that they get one. "We have had a series of fires in the district for the past three months. We have lost children in these fires and we do not have fire extinguishers because we do not have fire fighting equipments like the engine," said Kahangara. He added, "We spend long hours waiting for the one from either Limuru or Kiambu municipal council to appear whenever a fire breaks out and it is sometime very late to salvage anything by the time they arrive."

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