Dancer of Kenyan musician killed by raging Nairobi floods


The dancer of a Kenyan musician Abeny Jachiga died on Tuesday after drowning in floods that hit Kibra, Nairobi.

Vivian Nyathi Abandu died attempting to rescue her firstborn child, who had fallen into a sewage system; and was being swept away by the raging waters.

Ohangla musician Abeny Jachiga, through his social media page, narrated how Vivian spent her last days.

“Vivian returned to Nairobi after featuring as a dancer in Abeny Jachiga’s line-up in Mombasa last Saturday. She spent Sunday night dancing for Abeny Jachiga at Fine Breeze entertainment joint in Dagoretti. She got to her Kibra home on Monday and rested that day, given she had worked for four consecutive days,” said Jachiga.

The mother-of-two had left her children under the care of her sister, who lives in the neighbourhood.

“After the rains on Tuesday, Vivian went to pick her children from her sister’s place. On her way back, she carried one child in her arm and held the hand of the other. Unfortunately, the elder child, whose hand was being held, slid and fell into a sewage system.  Vivian immediately handed over the baby she was carrying to a woman who was walking beside her, and, thereafter, embarked on rescuing the one who fell into the sewage system. It was at that point that she drowned. Her child also died in the process,” said Jachiga.

Vivian, who separated from her husband, leaves behind her second-born child.

Her body and that of her child were taken to a Nairobi hospital mortuary. Funeral plans are underway.

Abeny Jachiga is known for the Luo song “Kasinde” which is a corrupted English word to mean “her cousin”. In the song, the artiste sings that a section of women nowadays often dupe men by claiming every man they are flirting with is their cousin.

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