Opposition leader Raila Odinga has criticized the government for taking too long to charge perpetrators of the Thursday Embakasi fire explosion that has so far killed six people.
Speaking as he visited Mradi Area where the incident occurred, Odinga has said the government ought to have charged the culprits and extended its draganet to state officials from the Energy Petroleum and Regulatory Authority and from the factory inspectorate saying they are also to be blamed
“People are sleeping on their jobs while the lives of Kenyans are in danger. If it was the Azimio government in place right now things would be very different. Those culpable for this incident should have already faced action. Investigations should not take more than 48 hours. We already know where the mistake was,” said Odinga.
Odinga cast doubt on the ongoing investigations into the explosion saying it would not be a surprise to see the owner of the plant walking scot-free.
The opposition chief has further alleged that the Embakasi fire was staged by the proprietors and government authorities who failed to ensure compliance of regulatory framework in operating LPGs.
Speaking after extending his donations to the affected families Odinga has challenged the government to compensate the affected families with the affordable housing units and a paltry 500,000 Kenya shillings.
“We want every family here given Ksh.500,000. That is what will enable them to begin a new life. I want to tell President Ruto to address this issue and ensure every family gets Ksh.500,000,” said Odinga.
Four people including three officials of the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and the owner of the gas plant which was operating illegally have since been arrested in connection to the incident.
The four were presented in court on Tuesday with the prosecution seeking 21 days to detain them pending the conclusion of investigations