DPP assures conclusive investigations into Solai Dam tragedy

The Directorate of Public Prosecutions and the National Police Service (NPS) will expedite investigations into the Solai dam tragedy to help bring justice to the 450 affected families.

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Noordin Haji said the probe that is anticipated to take 14 days seeks to determine the extent of culpability of the owner of the dam and members of the community in last Thursdays tragedy that authorities say has claimed 48 lives, among them 21 children.

Haji was speaking on Monday in Solai after a fact finding mission at the three acre dam, built for commercial farming that burst its banks, killing dozens and destroying homes and property worth millions of shillings.

Haji said among other issues the probe will focus on is the role of regulatory authorities in the saga, and whether the dams owner, Patel Manskul complied with dam construction standards grounded in law.

The DPP exuded confidence that the on-going investigations will turn over a conclusive report that will see victims get a fair restitution and culprits punished.

His assessment of the burst water reservoir comes amid intensified calls to the government to fast track investigation into what caused the disastrous incident that residents say has blighted the areas economy.

The DPP called on citizens to refrain from speculation but provide complementary support to officers conducting the probe by volunteering information that may unravel the dam mystery.

He also condoled with bereaved families and appealed for calm while the directorate of public prosecution and the police conduct the probe.

Business at the ill fated Solai town is slowly looking up, with service providers struggling to resume essential services like electricity and water supply even as the area County Government prepares to help refurbish damaged schools and roads in a bid to restore normalcy in the area.

An interdenominational prayer service for victims of the dam disaster has been slated for Wednesday.

A compensation committee headed by the Kenya Red Cross is working on a list of affected people who include landlords whose buildings were demolished, and farmers whose crops were destroyed by raging waters from the dam.

Source: Kenya News Agency