Nairobi,KENYA:30 out of 39 DNA the recent Nairobi-Naivasha road accident victims presented to the government chemist have been matched to their family members.
The Director National Disaster Operations NDOC Col. Nathan Kigotho, in a press briefing on Thursday, said it was impossible to positively identify some victims because some were burned beyond recognition.
“We are still struggling to get some results from the government chemist. This can be attributed to nature of burns and also the way the samples were taken,” he said at the Chiromo Mortuary.
“For those who have not been identified family members can bring some of their personal essentials like toothbrushes and shaving machines. This will help speed up the work of the government chemist,” Col. Kigotho advised.
Col. Kigotho added that, to speed up testing, the suitable candidate for producing samples were the victim’s mother or sibling.
He called for calm in cases where individuals had not obtained positive identification of their loved ones.
Those whose relatives had been identified were told to visit Chiromo Mortuary tomorrow, Friday.
“I do not want to give an estimate on the number of days in which the tests would be complete. We thought we would get these results in two weeks but in this situation some of the findings came earlier. Some cases can be a bit complicated because burns might have been extensive. DNA specialists are doing all they can,” he remarked.
40 perished after a truck burst into flames on the Nairobi-Naivasha highway 11 days ago.