Solai dam owners to face ‘consequences’, Govt says


Eric Kiraithe

In Summary

  • Government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe has faulted the owners of the dam in Solai saying they should have drained the overflowing water in good time to avert the deaths of 44 people.
  • He further said that those found culpable will face legal action.
  • Given the intensity of the matter, Kiraithe has urged Kenyans not to rush to conclusions and instead allow experts carry out thorough investigations.

Government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe has faulted the owners of the dam in Solai saying they should have drained the overflowing water in good time to avert the deaths of 44 people.

Speaking to Citizen Digital on Friday, Mr. Kiraithe further said that those found culpable will be face legal action.

“No single life would have been lost if the owners of those dams would have drained it in good time to stem a situation where it is overflowing and breaks its banks.

“The fact that this dam was declared illegal, there will be consequences,” the government spokesman said.

Given the intensity of the matter, Kiraithe has urged Kenyans not to rush to conclusions and instead allow experts carry out thorough investigations.

“It is very hard not to be emotional about so many deaths but let us give a chance for a systematic inquiry so that we deal with facts and allow the experts give their opinion,” he said.

“We admit as a government that mistakes have been done and a lot needs to be done, but let’s focus on those who are suffering as the relevant authorities are focusing on accountability,” Mr. Kiraithe added.

The Government spokesman also urged those living near water reservoirs to evacuate and seek alternative shelter.

“Because of long seasons of drought people settled on natural waterways and there is need to mark out those areas and the people residing there moved,” said Kiraithe.

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