Thursday, February 29, 2024

Juja dam tragedy: Details on life of 22-year-old Fridah Warau Kamuyu

The identity of a woman who died alongside a businessman at Juja dam in Kiambu County has finally been revealed.

Fridah Warau Kamuyu, 22, who recently graduated from university, was the lady in the motor vehicle alongside Tirus Maina Gikonyo, 39, who was identified two days later.

After days of her body lying at the city mortuary unclaimed, her family from Mathioya in Murang’a County on Thursday identified the body as that of their daughter.

Kamuyu was a well-known figure in Thika Town, where she had been studying for the past four years and had recently graduated. She was actively seeking employment at the time of her death.

Family sources say that she performed so well in her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCSE) that she even joined a National Girls’ School in Western Kenya. Here, she also excelled in her education.

From the photos Kamuyu shared on social media, she was always smart and was never photo-phobic. She was also active on Tiktok.

On Thursday, January 26, 2023, Police sources who spoke to local media house Citizen said that an autopsy showed that she died from drowning and had bruises on her left arm.

On the fateful day, the man driving a Nissan X-trail vehicle turned the engine on and reversed the vehicle. The vehicle would later plunge into the dam, drowning as the two sank into the water.

Witnesses, who had since filed reports with the police, said on the incident day, they saw Gikonyo’s car reversing towards the dam.

“He reversed but stopped on the first instance, we hooted and warned him that he’d plunge into the dam. He, nonetheless, reversed for a second time and stopped on the edge of the dam.”

“Our incessant hooting to persuade him against reversing fell on deaf years when he reversed for the third time and sunk in the dam,” said an eyewitness in a report filed at Juja Police Station.

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The lady’s body was retrieved the same night but had no identification documents.

Before the identification of the deceased woman, the man’s wife, Margaret Kiiru, had appealed to public members to help her trace the family of the lady who died alongside her husband to have closure.

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