Drama as man climbs mast in Embu to chew miraa

Sunday June 10 2018

mast, communication mast, safaricom, Embu

Mr Murimi threatens to jump off from 60m mast as Meru and Embu disaster teams tried to persuade him to climb down from the installation. After they calmed him down, the teams used ropes to pull him down. PHOTO | CHARLES WANYORO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By CHARLES WANYORO
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A young man caused a stir Sunday morning when he scaled a communication mast in Majengo, Embu town and started chewing miraa.

Mr Anthony Murimi climbed up the perimeter wall and climbed the 60-metre mast.

Efforts by police, and scores of local residents who had gathered to plead with him to climb down, failed.

A picture showing the man, Mr Anthony Murimi,

A picture showing the man, Mr Anthony Murimi, who climbed a communication mast in Embu town on June 10, 2018 causing panic among the locals. Embu fire fighters assisted by Meru County disaster team pulled him down. PHOTO | CHARLES WANYORO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Mr Muchiri Kirengo, the security guard on duty at the mast site, Mr Murimi arrived at 3.30am and started scaling the installation setting of an alarm.

"He had climbed up to about 30 metres when we spotted him. We called the police who arrived immediately but that made him climb to the top,” he said.

The man then stripped down to his underwear, and threw his clothes at police officers.

Embu

Residents watch a man who climbed up a communication mast in Majengo, Embu to chew miraa. The man was later pulled down by Meru disaster management team and taken to hospital. PHOTO | CHARLES WANYORO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

When the Meru disaster management team showed up, the man threatened to jump off, but they managed to calm him down before Embu County fire fighters secured him with ropes then pulled him down.

Police then whisked him away as local residents threatened to lynch him.

The man was taken to Embu Level V Hospital on orders from the local OCS Amina Abdi.

Ms Abdi said the man will later be charged in court.