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Man prospecting gold in Kakamega buried alive

By - Bryan Tumwa | July 9th 2013

By Bryan Tumwa

A 21- year old man was buried alive after a mineshaft collapsed on him on Monday night.

The incident occurred when three men in Shibuye location Kakamega decided to prospect for gold inside an abandoned mineshaft while the owner of the farm was asleep. Two of the men managed to climb out after the walls of the hole around them caved in but the third one was completely covered by the soil.

Residents woke up to discover the collapsed shaft and launched a rescue mission. They later retrieved the body of the deceased which had been left buried for hours after his accomplices took off.

Jekina Isiongo, one of the residents who witnessed the body being pulled out said the three had trespassed into the farm to try their luck at finding gold deposits.

“The man who was pulled out is not from around here and we suspect he had come to steal from the abandoned mine,” she said.

Kakamega East OCPD, Hellen Cherotich confirmed the incident saying the two suspects who fled the scene were being pursued.

“With public assistance, I am confident that we will apprehend the two suspects who are still at large. It is illegal to conduct mining activities without consent from the authorities which is why we will pursue them for arraignment in court,” she noted.

She said the body of the deceased was dug out at 3 a.m. in the morning and taken to Kakamega Provincial General Hospital mortuary.

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