Kilifi, KENYA: A grandmother and her five grandchildren on Sunday night perished in a fire outbreak in their house in Chalani- Kaloeleni sub-county, Kilifi County.
The incident that surprised the entire Chalani village, happened moments after the old woman had retired to bed late after a night prayer at a nearby village church, almost ten meters away from her house.
Sidi Mweni, 58 died in the inferno that started past midnight and her charred remains were found in one corner of the house cuddling the five kids who had also been burnt to death.
The dead were one and half years ‘twin sisters Pauline and Nacy Kelvin, Baraka Kalume 8 years, and her sister Furaha Kalume 6 years and one year and four months old Ibra Mweni.
Agitated parents and villagers tried to come to terms with the deaths and many of them could be seen in groups, conversing in low tones as a convoy of security officials led by Kilifi County Commissioner Joseph Keter arrived at the village.
Juliet Kalume 25, the mother to Baraka and Furaha Kalume was yet to come to terms with their sudden death.
“My children had spent the better part of the day looking jovial not knowing I was bidding them farewell.” Said Juliet.
Kitsao Mweni, who lost his one and four months old Ibra, said they had agreed that his second born child was to sleep with his mother after they agreed with his wife to stop breastfeeding him.
However Kaloleni MP Gunga Mwinga asked for calmness as police took up the matter for investigations.
“It’s sad to have lost these lives of our beloved grandmother and her grandchildren, I urge the family and to keep calm as the security organs conduct investigations to establish the cause of the fire.” Said Mwinga.
Kilifi County Commissioner Joseph Keter who was accompanied by County National Police Service coordinator Elisha Ngetich and Kaloleni Deputy County Commissioner Fredrik Ndunga, also condoled the family.
He then called a baraza inside the church and told the villagers that investigations had started in a bid to unravel what happened.
“The family and villagers should cooperate with the investigating team that will be visiting the village to gather more information over the incident,” said Keter.
The said the government will assist the family with some food as they prepare the burial for their loved ones.