DPP orders arrest and prosecution of Patel dam owner over death of 47 people

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,4TH JULY 2018-Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has  ordered the arrest of Patel Coffee Estates Ltd Managing Director Perry Mansukh and general manager Vinoj Kumar on charges of manslaughter. The order is in connection with Patel Dam tragedy that killed 47 people and left many others injured in Solai, Nakuru County.

Several Water Rights Authority and National Environment Management Authority officers are also targeted over the  same .

On Wednesday  Haji directed Inspector-General Joseph Boinnet to conduct through investigations to establish the cause and culpability of the tragedy that claimed lives and left a trail of destruction in the area.

According to the  DPP ,the team probing the tragedy found that the construction of the dam was done by unqualified staff using farm equipment leading to construction and design flaws.

Mr Haji said water permit was issued irregular. He further noted that there was failure by the owners, Nema and WRA to ensure environmental compliance.Consequently they will also face similar charges.



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