All set for interdenominational prayer service for 47 victims of Patel Dam tragedy

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto will this Wednesday attend an interdenominational prayer service for 47 victims of Patel Dam tragedy.

The service is expected to start at 9.00am next to Solai AIC church which is located next to Energy village that was swept by flood water from the dam.

This even as the Rift Valley regional commissioner Mongo Chimwanga said preparations were complete by Tuesday night.

Addressing media on Tuesday, the RC said work was already going on to level the ground and repair damaged sections of the road to Solai.

He called on members of the public co-operate with security and protocol officers.

“The service is expected to proceed until 12 noon after which relatives will be allowed to inter some of the bodies” said the RC.

Two bodies will be transported to Laikipia and Bomet counties respectively while other bodies will also be buried in Energy and Ruiru Villages in Solai.

Mongo said that decision on whether some bodies will be buried in a mass grave will be made after consultations with the family members.

According to Chimwanga, the funeral organizing committee cannot compel families of the victims to how to bury their victims and that those who wish to bury their loved ones in individual farms will be allowed to do so.

Nakuru governor Lee Kinyanjui said that the county government of Nakuru has catered for all funeral expenses including purchase of coffins, postmortem and transport of family members.

PHOTO/NGPU:Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui and other leaders addressing media in Solai.

Martin Gichinga
Author: Martin Gichinga

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