Patel Dam boss Mansukh released after spending weekend in jail


Patel Dam boss Mansukh released after spending weekend in jail
Perry Mansukh Kansagara, Vinoj Kumar and Nakuru County Director of Water Johnson Kamau Njuguna at a Naivasha Court. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • The seven were charged with 48 counts of manslaughter following the Patel Dam Tragedy that killed 47 people in May and left many others injured in Solai, Nakuru County.
  • Mr. Mansukh, Vinoj Kumar (Patel farm General Manager) and Nakuru County Director of Water Johnson Kamau Njuguna were arraigned in a Naivasha Court on Thursday and charged with manslaughter, neglect of official duty and failing to prepare an environment impact assessment report.

Patel Dam owner Perry Mansukh, General Manager Vinoj Kumar and six other suspects were on Monday morning released on a Ksh.2.5 million cash bail.

Naivasha Law Courts Magistrate Joseph Karanja also ordered the eight to surrender their passports.

The seven were charged with 48 counts of manslaughter following the Patel Dam Tragedy that killed 47 people in May and left many others injured in Solai, Nakuru County.

Mr. Mansukh, Kumar and Nakuru County Director of Water Johnson Kamau Njuguna were arraigned in a Naivasha Court on Thursday and charged with manslaughter, neglect of official duty and failing to prepare an environment impact assessment report.

The court also issued warrants of arrest against six other officers implicated in the Patel Dam tragedy.

The three surrendered themselves at the Naivasha police Division headquarters just a day after Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji ordered for their arrest.

According to the DPP, investigations revealed that the construction of the dam was done by unqualified staff using the farm equipment leading to construction and design flaws.

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