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Agony as Kathigu Sec. Deputy Principal watches as Family House burns to ashes, Meru County

Saturday 01st June, 2019.

Madaraka Day, Republic of Kenya.

A lot of horrible things were happening on the evening of this day, across the globe.

A gunman goes on a deadly shooting rampage in the US, killing 12 people and leaves 6 others fighting for their lives, on a sunny beach in Virginia. Closer home, Sunset Hotel in Kisumu finally folds up after 40 years in business, rendering 56 breadwinners jobless. It’s partly owned by the National and County Governments – masters of empty political rhetoric, same day.

The burnt out remains of the family main house
The burnt out remains of the family main house

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Nothing would, however, have prepared Mr. Edwin Karani Muriungi for such trauma as he had to face, at his home. He helplessly watched his family’s 4-bedroom main house burn down, to nothing but ashes.

Children rummage through the charred out remains
Children rummage through the charred out remains

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Mr. Karani is the Deputy Principal, Kathigu Sec School, in Igoji East, Meru County. The fire broke out a few minutes to 8pm, and luckily neither his wife nor kids were hurt in the tragedy. The father of five is grateful that none of his children was in the house at the time.

A Facebook post on the fateful evening on his account is a depressing sneak into a state of shock and disbelief. A far cry from a usually jovial, witty and knowledgeable self-that’s a regular on several online platforms

None of the family’s property could be salvaged from the raging fire. More painful losses were felt with the death of 10 pedigree milk goats, and assorted poultry, housed adjacent to the main house.

The cause of the fire could not be immediately be found, but investigations are ongoing.

Mr. Edwin Karani Muriungi, D/H Kathigu Sec. School.
Mr. Edwin Karani Muriungi, D/H Kathigu Sec. School.

Meanwhile, the devastated family is depending on family, church and well-wishers to get their lives back on course. There is a funds drive slotted for Sunday June 16th 2019, to be held at Mwichiune PCEA Church, a small center next to Nkubu Town on the Meru – Nairobi Highway.

Alternatively, well-wishers can get through to him on his personal mobile, no. 0721902427.

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