Odinga blames government for Embakasi fire cites negligence

ODM leader Raila Odinga

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has blamed the government for the Embakasi gas explosion that has so far claimed the lives of 6 people citing negligence from the government authorities tasked to ensure compliance with gas firms in the country.

Speaking at the launch of the strategic plan at the Kisumu Water & Sanitation Company, Odinga indicated that the failure by the government to enforce term planning regulations that include zoning and demarcation of land for specific use, is to blame for the tragedy.

This as he urged the county government to tighten the bolts in their planning activities to not only avert tragedies but also make the country attractive to investors.
The police and officials from the Energy Petroleum Regulatory Authority have refuted claims that there was leakage from the site where the explosion occurred on Thursday.

Speaking residents raised an alarm, the authorities said they have inspected the tanks and are all empty.

Speaking during a visit to the explosion site, Bungei maintained that there is no cause for alarm as the security apparatus in Nairobi have taken charge of the situation.

“I want to assure other members of the public that their safety is assured and have ransacked this area and there is no container that still has gas in it. All of them are empty,” said Bungei.

His statement come in the wake of reports of a possible fresh gas leakage from the primary site of Thursday’s explosion, sending fear and panic among residents of Mradi village.

Nairobi County secretary Patrick Analo in a press address Monday assured that they have taken all precautionary measures in a bid to avert a similar experience as the one witnessed a few days ago, announcing that the county had already started evacuating people from that site over fears of a fresh explosion.

“We have been made aware of a suspected new gas leak in the area where the incident happened on Thursday night, in Mradi Estate, Embakasi East. A multi agency team led by the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) and the County disaster team are investigating this,” he said.

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