Scores of residents in Kenema city who gathered every evening at various relaxation centres at Burma 3 section near the Air strip, where shocked on Tuesday evening when news broke out that the woman who supplied them with monkey soup has been killed together with her daughter by lightening that fateful evening.
According to reports gathered at the scene, the deceased persons Watta Kentiga the mother and her daughter Hawa Kentiga where in the kitchen, which is in front of the house, preparing the monkey soup for their clients while some of them were within the compound waiting.
Sources says it started to rain at around 5:20pm and within thirty minutes heavy lightening struck which left madam Watta who was sitting in the kitchen cooking while her daughter Hawa was standing by her pounding pepper in the mortar, both dead.
There was no mark of destruction by thunder within the compound, the Acacia tree standing near the kitchen was still standing. The kitchen was built with mud bricks and sticks covered with corrugated iron sheets. In the kitchen were an aluminum spoon and the pot used to cook the soup were all intact.
Residents within the city were streaming into the compound to sympathize with the family members. The husband of the woman Mr. Kentiga who resides in the diamondiferous town of Tongo field is a teacher in one of the primary schools in Lower Bambara chiefdom.
The late daughter Hawa is one of the pupils that recently took the National Primary School Examination (NPSE) in Kenema city.
When Mr. Kentiga was contacted by phone from Tongo about his wife’s death, remarked “I cannot believe my ears because I’ve just spoken to her less than five minutes ago and now I’m being told about her death”.
This is not the first time lightening or thunder have destroyed lives and properties in this part of the country, but the latest incidents is now talk of the city as everyone has his or her own story to tell about thunder and lightening incidents.