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Grief as five Salgaa bus accident victims laid to rest

By Kevine Omollo | Published Mon, January 29th 2018 at 00:00, Updated January 28th 2018 at 23:18 GMT +3

A man and his four children who were killed in an accident near Salgaa on December 31 last year were buried in Kisumu West on Sunday.

Martin Odol and his children aged two months, two, eight and 14 years died in the accident that occurred in Migaa, Nakuru County.

The accident, one of many at the same spot, claimed 36 lives.

Mr Odol’s wife, Pheobe Achieng, survived and spent three weeks in hospital.

The family was returning to Nairobi after spending Christmas at their rural home in Kawese village. 

On Sunday, neighbours thronged Odol’s home to pay their last respects. The grief-stricken villagers described the deaths as shocking. 

Joyce Mandera, Odol’s 80-year-old mother, watched in disbelief as the bodies of her son and grandchildren were lowered into graves.

Odol’s cousin, Nelson Kabaka, said they delayed the funerals to allows Ms Achieng to recover enough to be part of the ceremony.

“The widow was finally discharged from hospital last week. We wanted her to be part of the plans,” he said.

“We have not witnessed this kind of loss before. Relatives and elders have worked together to make the day a success,” he added.

“It also took us time to raise money to meet the funeral expenses. We thank all those who chipped in to support us.”

Odol, a mason in Nairobi, was Ms Mandera’s only surviving child. She described the deaths as a major blow to her family.

Odol lived with his family in Nairobi’s Mukuru Kayaba slums. He was also the bishop of Faith Holy Ghost Church, Kayaba.

Mandera recalled her last moments with her son and grandchildren.

“We prayed together before they began their journey back to Nairobi. My son was my only support,” she said.

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