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CS Penina Malonza Urges Kitui people To Keep Safe Amid Heavy Downpour


By Hopkin Reporter 

Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of EAC, Arid and Semi-Arid Lands and Regional Development Penina Malonza has urged kenyans in flood-prone areas to remain cautious during this rainy season.

CS Malonza made these remarks when she was consoling the family of Francis Kimaku the last born son to Josphat Mwangangi, a 12 year old boy lost life following the heavy downpour overnight after the house he was sleeping in collapsed in Musuani village, Kyoome Thaana ward , Mwingi West.

People were also cautioned to look out as strong winds may blow off, uproot trees, and cause structural damage.

Residents are advised to avoid driving through or walking in moving water or open fields and not to shelter under trees and near grilled windows when it’s raining to minimize exposure to lightning strikes,” CS Malonza cautioned.

She had earlier joined thousands of mourners in funeral ceremony of two brothers Dr. Solomon Sambu and John Kyalo Sambu at Kithayooni Village, Ngutani ward in Mwingi West.

The late Dr Solomon sambu was in otherwise good health throughout his life . On the 19th of November 2023 at 3pm after a hard day of work, he complained of feeling unwell and went to bed to rest. Later at 7pm, he collapsed and trantic efforts to revive him were unsuccessful and departed this life in his residence.

The late John Kyalo lived a healthy life and did not suffer from any ailment until on 21st November 2023 he woke up and complained of chest pains. He later took medication to remedy the pain and decided to take some rest. At around 3.30 pm he began experiencing breathing difficulties and was rushed to st Marys hospital in langata. Unfortunately at 4:30pm went to be with the lord.

In the December forecast released by the Kenya Meteorological Department, December is likely to be wet over most parts of the country while in January, the rainfall is expected during the first half of the month.

“February is likely to be dry over most areas but a few days may experience rain,” says the statement signed by the Deputy Director in charge of Forecasting at the Kenya Meteorological Department Bernard Chanzu and adds, “The above average rainfall will be driven by the current El Nino conditions which are expected to continue into early 2024 and a positive Indian Ocean Dipole which is expected to remain positive till January 2024.”

The forecast indicates that some areas over the eastern sector are also expected to receive rainfall towards the end of January.

CS Malonza was accompanied by the area MP Hon. Charles Ngusya, Professor Mwavu Mutua(a member of the family), Rtd. Major General Kivunzi, Tourism Fund director Hon. Patrick Ngere ,national and county government officials and community leaders.








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