A Kabarak University graduate, 23, drowned after he slipped and fell into Molo River in Lelechwet Sub-Location, Rongai Constituency in Nakuru County on Friday evening, December 29, during an adventure walk with friends.
The deceased, Elvis Keter slipped into the river when he was taking phone selfies with his friends on the bank of the waterway. His friends unsuccessfully tried to rescue him, given the depth of the river, which is estimated to be 20 feet deep.
The body of the ex-Kabarak University student, who graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, is yet to be retrieved.
The deceased was the second born in a family of five siblings. Divers from Nakuru County disaster response unit arrived at the scene at 1:30pm Saturday.
Keter’s father Henry Kilel eulogized his son as a hard working person, who had passion for education. Kilel learnt of his son’s death while at Salgaa trading centre on Friday evening.
He recounted spending time with Keter on Thursday, December 28 at 2pm before he (Keter) left in the company of his friends. “I received news about my son’s death at 7pm Friday while at Salgaa trading centre. The news broke my heart,” he said.
Keter’s mother, Esther Wanjiru Kilel, said she had high hopes that her son’s future was going to be bright.Keter had received a phone call from Haco Limited Friday afternoon (December 29) informing him that he had secured a job with the firm and was expected to report on January 4, 2018.
“My son revered education. He also liked people, he liked everyone. He was the head of the youth in Migaa area. People liked him too. He was a good young man, whom we raised in a Christian setting,” said Mrs Kilel.
Chepseon Sub-Location Assistant Chief John Keter urged Nakuru County Government to fence off the section of the river so as to avert similar tragedies in future