The Star, 26 September 2012: Two herdsmen died yesterday evening while trying to rescue a goat that had fallen into a pit latrine in Ortum, Pokot Central. The walls of the 30 feet latrine caved in and buried the two alive. According to Simon Limang’ole, a villager, the two were herding their animals in an open field when a goat fell in the open pit that had been covered by vegetation.
He said villagers rushed to the scene to rescue them but their efforts were unsuccessful. Police officers from Marich police post retrieved the bodies and the goat’s carcass with the help of villagers. The Pokot depend on livestock as their main source of livelihood and value animals so much to an extent that they risk their lives to protect them.
Last week a 13-years-old class eight candidate was buried alive in a gold mine in Sekerr, in Pokot Central. Felista Chepkemoi, a pupil at Marich Pass Primary school, died on spot when the walls of a gold mine caved in on the banks of river Muruny. Councillor Nicholas Loleutum said the girl was was hit by huge rocks when the walls of the pit suddenly collapsed on her. He said her other five colleagues escaped narrowly and rushed to alert villagers.