A Directorate of Criminal Investigations senior officer attached to Kipkelion Police Station and a female passenger died on Friday August 14 after their car was swept by floods.
According to a police report from Kipkelion Police Station in Kericho, the car carrying Chief Inspector Joseph Ngoche and an unknown female passenger was carried by floods near Mercy Girls Secondary School, a short distance from the station.
“It was reported by members of public that there is m/vehicle which was swept by by water at around 2030 hrs at the gate of mercy girls secondary school,two and half kilometre from the station,police rushed to the scene and found out M/vehicle Reg No. KAW 436B(sic),” read the report.
Ngoche drowned on Friday after his motor vehicle of registration plate KAW 436B was swept away by floods near Mercy Girls’ Secondary School, which is located three kilometers from Kipkelion Police Station.
The DCIO, who was heading home at 8:30pm, was in the company of the unidentified woman, who also drowned.
A seasonal river in Kipkelion had broken its banks following heavy rainfall, leading to flooding in areas near the watercourse.
Bodies of Ngoche and the female victim were retrieved by Kericho County firefighters and area residents, according to the Deputy County Commissioner of Kipkelion.
The bodies have been preserved at Kericho Mortuary, with the Late DCIO’s car towed to Kipkelion Police Station.
In late July, the weatherman had warned of expected heavy rains of above 70mm in different parts of the country that would result in floods.
Through Twitter, the Kenya Met Department outlined a seven-day forecast with the counties of Baringo, Elgeyo-Marakwet, West Pokot, Uasin Gishi, Laikipia and Kwale expected to receive heavy rainfall.
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