A Kenyan living in the United Kingdom, Daniel Kimani, lost two of his daughters and his younger brother in the Saturday night horrific Naivasha crash, while his wife and one daughter sustained serious injuries.
The tragic road accident at Karai on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway involving more than 12 vehicles claimed nearly 40 lives. It all started when a Ugandan-registered light truck, which was carrying yet-to-be-identified flammable substances, exploded. The truck driver lost control of the vehicle after hitting a bump, crashed into vehicles heading to Nairobi.
Kimani’s brother, David Kamau, was driving the four to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where they were to board a UK-bound flight to visit their father.
Speaking to People Daily on phone, an inconsolable Kimani, who resides in Mitcham, South West London, said he was communicating with the family until 6pm (London time) when he could no longer get hold of them.
“I called my wife and a person by the name Ng’ang’a picked her phone asking me to identify myself. I did and my worst fears were confirmed,” he said. Ng’ang’a, he said, informed him that his wife and one daughter had been injured ”
“Why them? My daughters Mary Njoki, 14, and Eva Wambui, 17, a Form Three student at Kibutha Secondary in Murang’a perished together with my younger brother David Kamau,” he added. His wife, Violet Kimani and 24-year-old daughter, Juliet Wairimu, survived the grisly accident that threw the nation into mourning.
“My wife was treated at Avenue Park Hospital and discharged but Wairimu is still admitted at the hospital,” said the father of three. Kimani, who works as a clinical officer in the UK where he has lived for 10 years, last saw his family during the April holidays when they visited him. He described his departed daughters as full of life, passionate and ambitious.
“It is painful but God’s time is the best. They died a painful death but may God rest their souls in peace. I am happy that my wife and my daughter survived. I cannot question God and I send my condolences to the families and relatives of other victims,” he said.
Two of the vehicles were carrying GUS and Administration Police officer from the elite VIP protection unit. 11 GSU officers died. Three Ugandans…the truck driver and two passengers died in the accident.