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Tragedy as Nairobi Water employee drowns while unblocking sewer line

Police have retrieved the body of a Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company employee who drowned in a sewer line on Thursday.

It was retrieved at 2am Friday, 11 hours after the incident was reported to police.

Nairobi County commander Japheth Koome said: “We received information at about 3pm that the worker had drowned as he tried to unblock a sewer line. Officers went to the scene and ascertained the reports and efforts to retrieve the body began.”

The incident happened at Juakali, Embakasi.

Separately, a man was beaten to death by a mob and the body set on fire at Ruai, in the outskirts of the city.

The incident happened at 4 pm on Thursday.

Mr Koome said the man was caught stealing maize at a farm.

“The owner raised an alarm and a crowd responded. They beat and set him on fire,” he said.