Man dies while unblocking sewerage line in Mombasa


A 30-year-old man has been confirmed dead while another one is in critical condition after the two were swept by raw sewage they were unblocking in Mombasa’s Changamwe Constituency.

Witnesses who arrived at the scene managed to rescue Donald Kiseu and rushed him to Mkomani Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

His colleague, Mr Alphonse Munyuoki was rushed to Port Reitz District Hospital, where he is recuperating.

Mr Alexander Odhiambo, who helped in the rescue mission, said the two had been lying unconscious in the 10-foot manhole.

“The smell was so strong. I almost lost breath when I reached out my hand to tie Mr Kiseu. The stench was so strong. I suspect they may have missed fresh air to breath as they went on with the unblocking,” he said.

Mr Odhiambo said Mr Kiseu was found on top of his colleague, Mr Alphonse Munyuoki, who is now fighting for his life at Port Reitz Hospital.

Port Reitz Medical Superintendent Dominic Nyamweya described Mr Munyuoki’s condition as “recovering and stabilising”.

However, his elder brother Mathias Munyuoki said he cannot yet talk although he has regained consciousness.

“I was called at around noon and told that my brother is dead. Actually when we arrived here (Port Reitz) he was ‘half dead’. We called for an ambulance, which helped us in moving him to the hospital. He was received and attended well. We hope he will recover,” he said.

Witnesses said the two were trying to unblock a sewerage line at Changamwe Municipal Estate, when the “raw sewage flushed them to unconsciousness”.

The body of Mr Kiseu was moved to Coast General Hospital Mortuary.

Changamwe OCPD Joseph Muthee was not picking calls to confirm the incident.