A Kenyan Governor and his deputy have become the worst hit by a poorly constructed infrastructural community project.
Governor Alfred Mutua of Machakos County, government officials, journalists and excited residents of Ogembo town, fell into a river beneath a poorly constructed pedestrian bridge in Kenya.
Concise News gathered that they were taking a selfie while commissioning the bridge when the incident occurred.
A witness identified as James Mabiria said the Governor and the deputy were rushed to the hospital after plunging into the river while taking the selfie.
“They were taking a photo on the bridge when the bridge collapsed, they were then rushed to hospital,” he said.
It was learnt that they had been anticipating the commissioning of the pedestrian bridge scheduled to hold Friday, May 18.
Little did they know that the contractor who was reportedly handed 40 million Kenyan Shillings did a haphazard job.
Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi, Mutua were the worst affected by the incident and have been taken to Ogembo hospital at Kisii County.
This report has, however, been refuted by the governor who claimed he was baptised by the river.
Radio Citizen reported that Mutua said, “I have been baptised by River Gucha and now I must build a house in Gucha.”
He was also reported to have claimed that he was safe and having lunch at Maangi’s residence.
“The bridge caved in after a crowd of those who accompanied us joined us,” he reported.
Meanwhile, Kisii Communication Director, Maseme Machuka confirmed that the bridge was weak.
According to Machuka, “The Governor and DG were unhurt in the incident and they went on to address residents before going for lunch.”
He also confirmed that two journalists were taken to Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital with minor injuries.
The Ogembo Nyakorokoro footbridge was a project of the Economic Stimulus Project under the Constituency Development Fund by the Ministry of Public Works.