Red Cross pledges support for Solai reconstruction

The Kenya Red Cross Society has pledged to assist in the construction of permanent and semi-permanent houses for victims of the Solai tragedy.

The Society’s Secretary General, Abbas Gullet told residents of the villages that were destroyed after a dam burst in May this year that 37 houses would be constructed at a cost of approximately Sh. 40 million.

He spoke during a meeting at Nyakinyua Primary school in Solai when he alongside the chairman of the Solai Restoration Committee, Maina Muhia, addressed residents who were affected by the disaster that also resulted in the death of 47 people.

The Nakuru County was represented by the county executive for Infrastructure, Eng. Lucy Kariuki and her Education counterpart, Raymond Komen.

Eng. Kariuki said the County had identified the 37 victims whose houses were destroyed and developed designs for the houses to be constructed after a thorough vetting exercise.

She decried the politicization of the tragedy terming it unfortunate as it had derailed the restoration process.

Komen said the County was working with the Ministry of Education to restore the affected schools.

Gullet conceded that politicization of the tragedy had caused some NGOs that had expressed interest in giving assistance to pull out and therefore causing affected families to miss out badly needed support.

I am not a politician but we must tell the truth. The Solai tragedy was politicized. I urge all local leaders to stop politicizing the Solai tragedy, he said.

Gullet added that the Kenya Red Cross would work closely with the restoration committee a to rehabilitate a borehole at Solai Nyakinyua Primary School and install solar panels to start water supply within a week.

He further said that local Red Cross officials would find ways of assisting victims who were tenants.

Gullet noted that so far, some 223 people had been vetted and classified as either tenants or home owners.

He further said that 8.4 million had been distributed to 219 people while the remaining four had problems with their documentation.

Of that amount, Sh.5 million was raised through a PAY BILL number set up to receive donations for the victims.

At least 1500 pieces of iron sheets that were donated are yet to be distributed due to logistic challenges.

The meeting was also attended by the area MCA, Dr. Peter Mbae.

Source: Kenya News Agency