Rongai mathrees of death: The pain of losing a loved one


Among those who perished included 19-year-old Cynthia Akoth, a student at Multi Media University (MMU) who had joined the institution barely a month ago.

Matatu owners have pointed an accusing finger at the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) after four people were killed and six others injured when a matatu overturned along Lang’ata Road.

The matatu was ferrying passengers from Ongata Rongai to the city centre when the accident happened in the afternoon of September 25.

Among those who perished included 19-year-old Cynthia Akoth, a student at Multi Media University (MMU) who had joined the institution barely a month ago

Akoth joined MMU on August to pursue bachelor’s degree in communication, but her dream was nipped in the bud. Her mother, Seville Atieno, was inconsolable. Akoth was her only child, and though frowned upon in Luo culture, she had built her a simba on her mother’s compound in Oruba in Suna West, Migori. “I talked to Cynthia on Saturday night since we have made it a habit of talking every night,” she said.

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