Besieged owners of Patel Dam to spend two days more in custody awaiting ruling on bail

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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIVASHA ,6TH JULY 2018-Owners  of  Patel dam in Nakuru   charged over death of  47 in the dam disaster  will remain in custody until Monday  when  the court shall rule on whether to grant them  bail .

The owners who are  Perry Kasangara, the estate Managing Director Vinoj Jaya Kumar are among six other people charged on Friday in association with the worsed disaster to hit the country in the year 2018.Others are , a Nakuru County Government official, Water Rights Officials Winnie Muthoni, Tomkin Odhiambo and Jacinta Were who were charged with manslaughter Thursday.

The prosecution is opposed to them being freed on bond and instead wants them placed under the Witness Protection Agency.

The magistrate has now ordered they be remanded at the Naivasha Remand Prison until Monday when a ruling on their bail application will be made.

They were arraigned in court after presenting themselves at the Naivasha police Station, following orders by the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji who wanted them arrested.

They denied manslaughter charges over the deaths of 47 people who perished when the dam in Solai burst at night, leaving a trail of destruction in a nearby village.

The prosecution is opposed to their release from custody, arguing that the crime they are facing is serious given the loss of lives the tragedy at their dam caused.



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