Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has ordered the closure of all illegal gas plants within Nairobi estates.
Speaking in Mradi estate in Embakasi on Tuesday, February 6, the governor stated that he had ordered subcounty administrators to effect the order with immediately.
Sakaja noted that the directive will enhance the safety of Kenyans.
“I have directed all the 17 subcounty administration officers to ensure all gas businesses operating within residential areas are closed with immediate effect.
“I want to assure Nairobians that the owners of the premises where the explosion happened will be held responsible and accountable, ” Sakaja stated.
Sakaja Warns Subcounty Administrators
Additionally, the governor issued a stern warning to the administrators who would fail to enforce his orders, indicating that he knew the locations of all the illegal sites.
At the same time, he called on residents to raise alarm on any possible gas leaks or any operational illegal gas businesses.
He also assured the victims that the county government will continue offering help and relief to them and ensure that they got back on their feet.
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“These are the first victims who should be given houses, there are houses here at Ngara which are complete. Why can’t they be taken there, we only need around 300 units for these people to be resettled,”
On the other hand, the Directorate of Criminal investigations (DCI) has launched a manhunt for two other NEMA officials and the two drivers accused of causing the explosion.
Also, police officers apprehended the owner of the gas facility alongside three officials of the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA). The owner of the gas plant was arraigned in court on Tuesday, February 6.