Family of boy who drowned at Garissa sewage pond demand compensation

The family of a 10 year old boy who drowned while trying to swim at one of the ponds at the newly constructed Garissa sewerage project now want the government to compensate them.

According to the area residents, Roble Hassan Gure who was herding family animals slipped into the pond on Monday while trying to quench his thirst after allegedly being chased away by a private irrigation farmer where he had gone to fetch drinking water.

The uncle to the deceased, Sadiq Abdullahi said someone must take responsibility for the loss and have absolved themselves from any blame.

Rashid Aden said that the area has no water despite falling under the jurisdiction of the Garissa water and sewerage company where they are supposed to be provided with piped water.

For several years now we have not received even a drop of water from the water company. They are supposed to provide us with a bare minimum to at least construct water kiosks manned by women and youth groups as is the case with similar settlements, Aden said.

The deceased being a young boy and unaware of the dangers he was subjecting himself to sneaked into the pond to quench his thirst. This is because we lack safe drinking water, he added.

Aden who is also the community’s elder said the sewerage area’s barbed wire fence should be replaced by a perimeter wall to avoid being cut.

The Northern Water Service Board, CEO Abdikadir Noor Osman while regretting the incident absolved the company from any blame saying they had done all within their powers to safeguard the pool, including hiring eight watchmen who operate day and night.

Osman said the boy was trying to swim because his cloths were discovered next to the pool by residents.

We are leaving this to the police to carry out their investigations, he said.

Garissa OCPD, Aron Moriasi confirmed the incident, adding that the police are investigating the matter.

The boy was buried yesterday in accordance with Islamic burial rites.

Source: Kenya News Agency