County government urged to implement disaster policy

The Nakuru County government should urgently put in place a disaster policy to help cushion residents against perennial disasters.

Former Naivasha MP, John Mututho accused the county of being insensitive to the plight of the residents and absconding its responsibility by failing to implement the policy despite the many disasters that have befallen the region.

Mututho made the call when he visited and donated personal effects to over 30 families whose houses were burnt down at Kabati estate in Naivasha on Tuesday morning where a four-month old baby was burnt to death while properties worth thousands of shillings were reduced to ashes.

Mututho who is vying for the gubernatorial seat as an independent candidate claimed that the county management was not concerned with the sufferings of residents during disasters.

The former NACADA chairman noted that lack of planning and illegal structures along roads and on major sewer lines had also contributed to the disasters.

Some of the structures have been illegally constructed on road reserves and whenever there is a fire incident it’s hard for the fire-fighters to access the scene, he said.

Mututho at the same time assured flower farm workers said to be fleeing the town that Naivasha was safe and that all political and local administration were working together to ensure that no one is harassed during and after the elections adding that Kenyans had a constitutional right to work and live anywhere within the country.

Nominated Senator Paul Njoroge said Naivasha residents had learnt from the 2007-08 post-election violence adding that the lakeside town would never go through the same road again and told the flower farm workers to stay put and ensure they exercise their democratic right come August 8 this year.

Source: Kenya News Agency