There was sadness and shock as a middle-aged man was buried alive in Nguluni, Machakos County on Thursday.
The area chief Miss Virginia confirming the incidence said that residents fruitlessly tried to rescue the deceased immediately the incident occurred.
“After working hard to remove the sand over him, we, unfortunately, found him already dead,” Virginia said.
The deceased who was not immediately identified died while harvesting sand at Manyanzaani river on the very day.
Miss Virginia, who was addressing the press in Nguluni, said she with the help of the community has been fighting illegal sand harvesting in Nguluni since the Machakos County Assembly passed the Sand harvesting bill-2014 to regulate sand harvesting and quarrying activities in the county.
“We have been fighting against sand harvesting in relation to Sand harvesting bill-2014 which was passed by Machakos County Assembly that regulates sand harvesting and quarrying activities. However, it’s unfortunate that we have lost one of us out of the same,” she said.
The body was taken to Kangundo Level 4 Hospital’s mortuary.
The deceasedleft behind one wife and a child.
Increased accidents of the same have been reported before in Ukambani with three people dying at River Muvai, Kiongwani in Makueni County in 2017.
In 2015, one person died while another sustained serious injuries after they were buried alive while harvesting sand in River Kaewa, Machakos County.
Miss Virginia warned that the fight against sand harvesting is still on and legal actions will be taken against those who will violate the law.
“I want to let people of Nguluni know that sand harvesting is legal and we are serious about it. If you are caught harvesting sand in any of our rivers, you will suffer the consequences. However my office sends its condolence to the family and friends of the deceased.” She concluded.