Residents are asking landowners to fence off wells, which were dug up by landowners to take advantage of heavy rains
By Zipporah Kariuki
Parents of Riverside area in Kiserian are living in fear of their children drowning in shallow wells dug up to store water runoff.
This is after a man drowned in one such well. The wells, according to area residents, were dug up by landowners to take advantage of the heavy rains that have been pounding the area in the recent past, turning seasonal streams into large flowing rivers.
There are more than 10 such wells in close proximity to each other.
Residents who spoke to Kajiado Star say there are footpaths that crisscross that area, which people use to get to their various destinations.
“If an adult man can drown in these wells, what of little children going to school?” asked one of the residents. “There are many more cases of death as a result of drowning in this area. These wells pose a grave danger to us and our children.”
Residents are now asking the landowners to fence off the wells or have the footpaths blocked to members of the public.
On their part, some of the landowners in the affected areas absolved themselves from blame, saying that whenever they fence off the wells, passersby vandalise the fencing materials, some ending up in kitchens as firewood.
“It is not like we haven’t tried,” said one landowner who did not wish to be mentioned. “The same people complaining are the ones who turn the fencing material into firewood.”