Jacinta David, mother of Muthiani David who drowned in River Athi on Friday
David Katumo and his wife Jacinta, whose 15-year-old son, Muthiani David was among the students who died described the incident as most painful. “Muthiani was a cool boy who was very promising in his studies. It is a loss that is hard to bear,” he said. His wife, Jacinta was overcome by emotions after viewing the lifeless body of her son. “I have lost a son I loved so much. He was my last born. Very obedient and cheerful. But I could not believe when one of his friends told me that he was among the victims, but now I have seen with my eyes,” she said with tears trickling down her cheeks. At the same time, Yatta branch Kuppet secretary, Yvonne Musyoka who led dozens of teachers at the scene described the incident as unfortunate. “We condole with families who lost innocent children in this tragedy,” she said. Former area MP, Francis Mwangangi called for speedy and independent investigation of the matter by both police and the Ministry of Education. “That was a typical scenario of sheer negligence. Relevant authorities must investigate the matter and deal with anyone found culpable,” he said.