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Guards reported leakages, cracks prior to Solai dam tragedy that killed 48, but management ignored

In Summary

  • Solai Dam Tragedy occurred on May 9, 2018 when Patel dam broke its banks, its waters flowing downstream, sweeping across three villages of Energy, Solai and Nyakinya.
  • The tragedy left 48 people killed, hundreds injured and displaced. Property worth millions of shillings was destroyed.

After a three-year wait, the hearing of the Solai Dam case began on Monday in Solai, Nakuru County, with the prosecution presenting two witnesses.

In a session that took place at the scene of the tragedy that claimed the lives of 48 people in 2018, the two witnesses alluded that the accident was preventable.

The first witness (PW1), a 56-year-old man who was a security officer at Solai Farm for 15 years says he reported two leakages on the lower side of the dam to his supervisor.

On his part, the second witness (PW2) – also a security officer at Solai Farm for four years told the court that he had noticed a crack from top to bottom of the dam’s walls. The witness also claims that the walls of the dam were shaky.

Court in session at the foot of Milmet Dam & the scene. Prosecution’s 1st witness (PW1) a 56 yr-old man who was a security officer at Solai Farm for 15 yrs, says he reported 2 leakages on lower side of the dam to his supervisor.

PW2 says that he reported these to his supervisor and to the farm’s General Manager Vinoj Kumar, prior to the tragedy.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) says the nine accused persons are facing 48 counts of manslaughter and two other additional counts.

In the Opening Statement, Prosecution led by Ag. DDPP Victor Mule assisted by SADPP Alex Muteti & ADPP Gikui Gichuhi told court that the 9 accused faced 48 counts of manslaughter & 2 other counts, though not all were in every count.

Among those charged in the case include the Patel farm owner Perry Manusukh, GM Kumar, Nakuru County Water Director Johnson Kamau Njuguna.

Others are Water Resources Authority and National Environment Management Authority officers Luka Kipyegen, Winnie Muthoni, Jacinta Were, Tomkin Odo Odhiambo, Willie Omondi and Lynette Cheruiyot.

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