The family of Tom Okwach is still grieving 22 days after a mining shaft collapsed in Abimbo, Siaya County, trapping him under the rubble.
The 22-year-old Okwach’s mother, Joyce Ochola Ogunde, now says that her family has been left in anguish after the excavator brought to help with rescue efforts ceased operations.
This was the second excavat or brought in by the county government to help with the operation.
The pain-struck mother has also revealed that even the committee formed to spearhead the rescue operation and locals who were helping in the rescue mission have since developed cold feet.
Okwach’s sister, Janet Atieno Nyunja, has since pleaded with the national government to bring in more experts to help in retrieving their kin whether dead or alive.
According to Nyunja, it is quite unfortunate that local miners have since resumed duties and routine mining operations when Okwach is still trapped inside the collapsed mines.
Her sentiments were shared by Pamela Akelo, a former County Executive Committee member for Education in Siaya, who equally called on the government to conclude the recue as soon as possible.
Akelo at the same time insisted that Okwach’s family members should be provided with counselling, noting that they are currently going through a traumatizing period.
Okwach was among the eight miners who were trapped after the mining shafts collapsed on December 2, 2021.
Six miners have since been rescued while one passed away during the incident.