KENYA: MYSTERIOUS FIRE RAZES MAKUENI COUNTRY ASSEMBLY

Property of unknown value was destroyed after fire burnt down Makueni County Assembly early Monday.

The Monday 3.30am incident was reported by the security personnel on duty who said that the fire started next to the speaker’s chambers.

Speaking to the press at the scene, Makueni Sub County Deputy Officer Commanding Police Division (D/OCPD) John Kamau said that offices that were burned included that of speaker, clerk to the assembly, lobby room and administration.

Kamau revealed that only a few things were salvaged from the county assembly offices.

“We were able to salvage a few computers and chairs. Most offices were locked so we would not gain access resulting to big losses,” he said.

The OCPD said that the cause of the fire could not be established immediately, and that lack of a fire engine contributed to huge loss.

Makueni County Criminal Investigation Officer Isaac Onyango said that they suspected an electrical fault and that they had taken samples to Nairobi for forensic analysis.

While saying no causalities were reported, he reported that officials from Kenya Power and Ministry of Works were helping with the investigations.

Makueni County Assembly Speaker Stephen Ngelu also confirmed the incident.

The Speaker added that the fire could have been put off at the early stages if only the county had adequate firefighting equipment.

“We just watched helplessly as the inferno raged. The entire county has no equipment to fight fires,” the Speaker added

“We will continue with our house proceedings as usual although our house has burned down.” he said

This comes at a time when the Makueni governor, MCAs and the county executive members are in Mombasa where they are discussing budget matters.

Source: KBC