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Uhuru Issues New Orders Following Solai Dam Tragedy

President Uhuru Kenyatta has finally broken his silence on the Solai dam tragedy by condoling with the with the families of those who lost their relatives .

Uhuru’s condolence message was delivered by Water Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui during a tour of the areas affected by the dam which burst on Saturday night.

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In the messege,the Head of State also issued orders for a countrywide inspection of dams, an activity it will be executed together with the county governments.

The nationwide inspection will be spearheaded by the Water Resources Management Authority.

“WARMA will lead the inspection to ensure all dams are compliant with standards set out in the Water Act,” Chelugui said.

“Most dams in the country were built during colonial period and may not be safe to those who live near them,” the Water minister added.

The inspection will look at the materials used, whether the dams were built on waterways, and if engineers who oversaw their construction were licensed.

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Chelugui said they are probing the Patel firms to check if they were in compliance with the required standards or if the dam burst was case of negligence.

Nakuru Governor welcomed the inspection of all water bodies saying some of them pose major safety concerns, especially with the ongoing rains.

The CS also said said a memorial and prayer service for the Patel Dam burst victims will be held in a date to be communicated.

At least 48 people were killed after a dam burst and a search is still going on for some 40 people, who are still missing after the dam burst.


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