BY HUSSEIN SALESA
The search for the bodies of the nine people who perished at the Gotu bridge in Ewaso Nyiro River last week has been intensified. The government dispatched hundreds of police officers and a chopper to search for the bodies along the river banks. Merti DC Chedotum Kamunyan said none of the bodies has been traced three days since the search was launched.
Also missing were two G3 rifles and 40 rounds of ammunition belonging to the escorts who perished. Four cows in the truck have since died while six others are still in the lorry that is yet to be pulled out of the river. Yesterday, the search team said the effort was hampered by the raging river and presence of hundreds of crocodiles.
The locals, including relatives and friends, have joined the search along the river. Isiolo South MP Abul Bahari Ali who joined the rescue effort said that was the biggest tragedy to ever hit Isiolo. He said more than 15 people have perished in the bridge for the last four months as communities struggle to get to the other end of the river.
He accused the government of being insensitive to the plight of the communities. He urged the government to honour their pledge of building a stronger bridge. Bahari appealed to the Ministry of rRoads to intervene and avert further loss of life. President Kibaki had pledged Sh40 million for the construction of the Gotu bridge during a tour of the region.