Sonko cracks the whip, suspends official over Langata fire tragedy

The raging fire at kijiji in Langata on Sunday night on 28th Jan-COURTESY

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BY  KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,29TH JAN 2018-Nairobi governor Mike Sonko has cracked the whip  sending  a Nairobi official on compulsory leave after the Sunday night  Lang’ata fire tragedy  that led to lose of four lives.Brian Kisali, who is in charge of fire and rescue services, received a notice signed by acting county secretary Leboo ole Morintant on Monday

He was asked to stay away from Monday and only return when recalled.

“You are instructed to prepare a handing over report to the country secretary by today,” Morintat added in the letter copied to Sonko.

According to the notice seen by WWW.UPESINEWS.CO.KE ,Sonko says  Kisali did not carry out his duties and responsibilities as required of an officer of that department.

“You were not aware that a fire broke out and your team lacked direction and coordination, resulting in deaths and loss of property due to mismanagement,” he said.

Kisali was also asked to show why he should not be punished over the fire.

“Your representation, if any, should reach this office within 14 days from the date of this letter, failure of which you will be dismissed without further reference to you.”

The move comes after  Lang’ata MP Nixon Korir blamed the county government  following its slow response to the Kijiji slum fire.

Noting fire engines ran out of water, he said the county did not take proper precautionary measures to contain the inferno.

But he added: “I have been in communication with the government, specifically deputy president William Ruto. We know help is coming for those affected. We will do all we can to help them.”

Investigations have been launched   with detectives and county officials assisting to unravel the cause of the inferno

 

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