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Death in Parklands: Workers who lost their lives on construction sites

By Nyaboga Kiage October 19th, 2023 2 min read

Emmanuel Ndayizeye, a Burundian national who tragically lost his life in a construction site within the Parklands area will be buried at the Lang’ata cemetery. This somber event was scheduled for  October 18, 2023.

The unfortunate incident occurred at a construction site overseen by Akshar Heights, where Mr Ndayizeye met his untimely demise.

He was engaged in the process of draining water from an underground storage tank using a petrol water pump when he succumbed to suffocation, reportedly from emissions produced by the pump.

Rushed to Avenue Hospital for treatment, he, unfortunately, did not survive.

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Parklands Police Station personnel were promptly dispatched to the scene, initiating their investigation and processing the body of the deceased before transferring it to the Nairobi City Mortuary.

Notably, there were no visible injuries detected on the victim’s body, as indicated in the police report.

Narrating the incident, Mr David Kimanzi Musembi, the site manager, confirmed the tragic events, explaining that two individuals had been draining the water from the tank. However, only one, identified as Boniface, managed to survive.

“Boniface came running to where I was and informed me that all was not well. We pulled him from inside the tank where he was, and I realised that all was not well,” recalled Mr Kimanzi.

Realising that Mr Ndayizeye was unresponsive, they promptly rushed him to the hospital, where he was confirmed dead after 40 minutes.

Other Construction-Related Fatalities in the Area

The incident involving Mr Ndayizeye is not an isolated case within the construction sites of the Parklands area.

On July 20, 2023, at 8 am, Mr Collins Kilonzi Muema, a carpenter working for Zamil Construction Limited along City Park Drive, fell through a hollow opening in the building, leading to his untimely death.

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Authorities from Parklands Police Station and crime personnel from the Nairobi Area Headquarters visited the scene, with the deceased’s body subsequently transported to the city morgue.

An official of the company, Mr Charles Lwanga, revealed that they had followed established procedures and noted that the deceased had already been laid to rest.

Another incident transpired on August 2, 2023, as part of a building being constructed by SBM Suites Limited Constructions caved in while workers were on-site at 6:30 p.m.

Sadly, this incident claimed the life of Mr Samson Muhanji and resulted in injuries to Mr Onesmus Kyalo Mumo and Mr Gabriel Oduor Otieno. The injured parties were rushed to Aga Khan Hospital for medical attention, while the police alerted the Nairobi County fire brigade to assist in the rescue operation.

An official from SBM Suites Construction Limited assured that the matter had been resolved since it occurred quite some time ago.

Another case reported in July involved injuries sustained by workers erecting a perimeter wall at a construction site situated along Mtama Westlands.

Two individuals, Mr Eliud and Mr Gerald Sifuna, were injured and subsequently taken to Aga Khan Hospital for treatment. Police investigations have unveiled that the owner, Mr Suleiman Keinan, was not present during the incident and that he lacked the necessary permits for the construction work.

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