DPP now orders investigation into patel Dam tragedy that  claimed over 50 lives

DPP now orders investigation into patel Dam tragedy that claimed over 50 lives

BY  NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,11TH MAY 2018-The director of public prosecution  Noordin Haji has ordered investigations into the cause of the Patel Dam tragedy in Solai, Nakuru County.Haji directed Inspector-General Joseph Boinnet to conduct through investigations to establish the cause and culpability of the tragedy that claimed 50 lives and left a trail of destruction in the area.

“I hereby direct that investigations be conducted and a file of the investigation report forwarded to the DPP office in 14 days, for perusal and appropriate action,” read part of a statement signed by Mr Haji.

The legality of the killer dam  a well known  Entrepreneur   Patel Mansukul   as well as others in the area has raised questions .

Sources intimated to WWW.UPESINEWS .CO.KE that  the authorities efforts to have the dams ligelised has not been successful as   emerged that none of the dams had been licensed.

According to  Simon Wang’ombe, the regional manager for the Rift Valley, said officials from Warma had been visiting the farms occasionally.

He said the law requires that any private dam going beyond five meters high needed to be regularised by the authority.

“For the last one year, we have been trying to engage the company on how to legalise the dams on its farm but they have been reluctant. As far as we are concerned the dams are illegal,” said Mr Wangombe.

What has left many bitter and seeking sturn action to be taken against anyone found to have been negligence is that no steps were taken to avert the disaster early despite the  obvious that the dams were lurking danger.

 

The DPP has  asked the IG to submit a report of the investigations to him within 14 days.

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