By Allan Kisia and Mary Kamande
A sombre mood engulfed the parish headquarters at Happy Valley where faithful gathered to mourn loss of their loved ones.
In attendance were local politicians led by area MP William Kabogo and members of the Provincial Administration, who included area DC Mwai Gicheru.
Sunday’s congregation was too large and could not fit in the church, which forced the clergy to hold the service outside.
Due to the large numbers, parking for motorists was a nightmare. Some were forced to leave their vehicles hundreds of metres away from the church.
At the service, there were several counsellors and Red Cross officials on stand by. Speaker after speaker recounted how they were shocked with the death and trouble they went through trying to establish, who was alive and who had died.
Joseph Ndaba, an elder at the church and a lecturer at Moi University, lost his wife.
“I have lost a wife and a close confidant. It is a heavy loss but the lord gives us peace and comfort to face such challenges,” he said.
He recalled how a colleague of his wife called early morning to inform him of the accident.
“She told me several people had died and asked me to be strong. From her statement, I knew something was terribly wrong,” he recalled.