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The secret life of Juja dam tragedy victim Fridah Warau Kamuyu

Fridah Warau Kamuyu's death went unnoticed to her family for close to 10 days until detectives asked them to identify her.

Fridah Warau Kamuyu

Fridah Warau Kamuyu, a 22-year-old woman who died on January 17 in a drowning incident at Titanic Dam in Kiambu County, lived a secretive life, detached from her relatives and friends.

Her death went unnoticed until detectives informed her relatives and asked them to identify her.

While Tirus Maina Gikonyo, a businessman and consultant in the construction industry who also died in the incident was quickly identified through the number plates of the vehicle, Fridah’s body lay in the morgue for close to 10 days.


Fridah's roots were traced to Murang’a County, despite her parents living in Nairobi.

Detectives claim that Fridah lived in the shadows, leaving her friends, alumni, and family members unaware of her death.

At the time of her death, Fridah did not have identification documents on her person. Police were only able to identify her by analysing her finger prints.

The relatives identified her on Thursday, after which detectives conducted an autopsy, which showed that she died of drowning.


She had bruises on her left wrist, and her investigative file indicates she held a diploma in hospitality and ran a money transfer agency in Thika town.

Authorities in Juja, Kiambu county have moved swiftly to take action after the incident that saw two people lose their lives in Juja dam.

Juja Sub-County commander, Phyllis Muthoni said the area is now a no-go zone, warning those that have been using the dam as a recreation point.

Muthoni said those that will be found in the area will be charged for environmental degradation charges.


“We have agreed with the Kiambu County government, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the public to ensure that no unsanctioned human activity is allowed around the dam past 6 pm. That place is not a sanctioned recreation any case, the dam is on private land and no license has been given to allow its usage for public picnics," she said.


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