The Star (Nairobi)

14 January 2013

Kenya: Kiambere Girl Killed By Crocodile Buried

A 12-year-old girl who was killed by a crocodile a week ago as she fetched water at Kiambere Hydro dam was buried at the weekend. The father of Manzi Kathini had to spend the night at the Embu Provincial Hospital on Friday as he waited to collect her body.

Julius Manzi Mutegi did not have money to hire a vehicle to transport the body to Karura village for burial. He was provided with a Land Cruiser pickup by the Kenya Wildlife Service to ferry the body to the village about 60 kilometres away.

Her relatives claimed the mortuary attendants were demanding for Sh6000 from them for conducting of a postmortem. Kathini's mother Ngina Manzi, who has a sucking baby was condoled by the Embu county women's representative aspirant Eucebia Mwaniki.

Mwaniki called for provision of piped water to the areas bordering the Seven Fork hydro dams to prevent deaths from the crocodiles. She has already started an initiative dabbed "pipe for life" which she has been lobbying for installation of pipe water for the residents by well wishers. The donors fund the other part of the project.

Kathini a standard 2 pupil at Karura Primary School was reportedly in the company of other four girls who had gone to fetch water from the dam with containers.

Eye witnesses said all the girls from Karura Village had been sent by their mothers to fetch for the water. The witnesses said as each of the girls who were drawing the water a crocodile which was preying on them ambushed her before grabbing her

The witnesses said villagers rushed to the scene and started hunting for the girl using boats the whole day until they recovered her body after a day.

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