Collapsed building: Four Kiambu county officials detained for 10 days 

Four Kiambu county government employees have been detained for 10 days pending investigations into the collapse of a building in Ruaka that claimed the lives of two people.

The officials from the county planning department, were arraigned On Tuesday at the Kiambu Law Courts where the investigating officer in the case Moses Maina sought 14 days to conclude investigations.

“The respondents are likely to interfere with investigation if set free during the stated period since the matter is of public interest and there are other persons who are still at large and need to be arrested. The respondents might conspire with the persons at large and thus I plead that the respondents be detained at Karuri police station for 14 days to enable be conclude my investigations,” Maina told the court

The suspects Stephen Njiraini, John Murimo, Njeri Wanjiku and Geoffrey Kamau are alleged to have been involved in the approval of the construction of the six storey building.

“The employees are mandated with vetting drawings, monitoring ongoing projects under construction, serving notices to non-compliant developments and enforcing the requirements of the notices served, which they omitted to act and in such an omission led to the collapse of the said building thereby causing death,” Maina told the court

The investigating officer also asked for more time to compile information from the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), National Construction Authority (NCA), and County Government of Kiambu among other relevant bodies.

Kiambu Principal Magistrate Manuela Kinyanjui granted the investigating officer 10 days to complete his investigations after which the suspects will plead to charges of manslaughter.

The matter will be heard on December 8, 2022.

  

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