Solai Dam-Long wait for justice three years after dam killed 48 people

The Solai dam tragedy swept away homes leading to 48 lives being lost

The remaining part of the killer dam has not been pulled down as ordered by the court  

By The Weekly Vision

It’s going to be a long wait for justice for victims of the May 2018 Solai dam nighttime tragedy which burst its banks sweeping away villages and schools. The horror led to the drowning of 48 people, the devastation of 400 homes in a night of mayhem where hundreds of domestic animals and household items were also swept downstream by the raging waters from the sub-standard dam.

The dam mayhem is blamed on corrupt government agencies who okayed the construction of the sub-standard dam only fortified by mud pillars instead of steel. The issue has remained on the lips of many surviving villagers crying for justice in Solai Village of Nakuru County. Many traumatized villagers claim that the killer dam owner, Mr Patel is not only walking scot-free but is actually repairing the dam instead of tiring the sub-standard structure down as ordered by the court.

Judges dismissed manslaughter charges against Mr Patel, accusing the office of the DPP Noordin Haji of having conducted “shoddy investigations” despite the availability of overwhelming evidence pointing at “criminal negligence” by the owners and government agencies who did nothing to stop the tragedy from happening

Bitter residents have watched helplessly as case after case against the killer dam owner fell flat on its face despite overwhelming evidence of criminal neglect and intent by the owners and his supervisors.

Judges dismissed manslaughter charges against Mr Patel, accusing the office of the DPP Noordin Haji of having conducted “shoddy investigations” despite the availability of overwhelming evidence pointing at “criminal negligence” by the owners and government agencies who did nothing to stop the tragedy from happening.

Perry Kanasagara his farm manager Vinoj and Johnson Njuguna

The Weekly Vision has established that environmental experts have accused Patel, a well-known investor in the area, and his associates, of deliberately endangering the lives of people in the area by building shoddy and dangerous “mud water reservoir” he termed a “dam”

The environmental lobbyists who have enlisted the support of NEMA include Journalists for a clean environment (JFOCE), Friends of Solai dam victims, and the NGO council of Kenya department of environmental conservation. 

The lobby is moving to court to file fresh charges against Patel accusing the government of failing to properly charge and convict him; many people say he should compensate victims of the 2018 horror dam tragedy.

The lobbyists have accused the DPP of failing to pursue justice for 48 Kenyans who include school children killed in the incident. The lobbyists further accuse the principal suspect Patel of “compromising” the local administration and officials from NEMA, KEBS, and top ministry officials from the Environment into turning a blind eye on the killer dam.

Lobbyists insist that “justice delayed is justice denied” and are demanding that Patel compensate victims and pull down the remains of the dam still standing as ordered by the court.

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