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Governor, others fall inside water as newly constructed bridge collapses in Kenya

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Kenyan governor, Alfred Mutua got a rude shock as he fell into a river while excitedly taking a tour of a newly constructed footbridge.

Mutua, a governor of Machakos County, was in the company of other government officials, journalists and elated residents of Ogembo (a small farming town in Kenya) to declare the footbridge open for use when it gave way.

Governor Mutua, according to reports, narrowly escaped death as the bridge collapsed while he was taking a selfie.

The governor, a Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi, as well as two journalists, fell into the water, before they were rescued.
Mutua and his deputy were pulled out and rushed to Ogembo Hospital in Kisii County in an ambulance.

However, the governor dismissed the report about selfies.

“I have been baptised by River Gucha and now I must build a house in Gucha,” he said, as reported by Radio Citizen.

He reportedly said that he was safe and that he was having lunch at Maangi’s home.

“The bridge caved in after a crowd of those who accompanied us joined us,” he said.

Reports say the company responsible for the construction of the bridge may have done a shoddy job.

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