Police want Huruma building suspects held for 21 days

May 3, 2016 1:09 pm
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The court heard that preliminary investigations have revealed that the building was illegally constructed and occupied as it stands in riparian land/AFP
The court heard that preliminary investigations have revealed that the building was illegally constructed and occupied as it stands in riparian land/AFP

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 3 – Police have applied for 21 days to detain five suspects arrested over the collapsed building in Huruma, as police determine what charges to prefer against them.

The five are two brothers Samuel Kamau Karanja and Henry Karanja together with Chrispus Sifuna, Justus Mwendwa and Seline Anyango from the National Construction Authority and Nairobi County.

State Prosecutor Duncan Ondimu told the court that investigations ought to be completed in order to decide whether to prefer murder or manslaughter charges.

He urged the court to remand the suspects at an unknown police station for their safety due to anger from members of the public.

Ondimu went on to say that the county officials are likely to interfere with ongoing investigations due to the positions they occupy at the County Government.

The court heard that preliminary investigations have revealed that the building was illegally constructed and occupied as it stands in riparian land.

The time prayed for, the State added will determine whether the suspects have criminal culpability.

But the suspects through their advocates opposed the application arguing that bail is a constitutional right and have no intention of absconding court proceedings.

They argued that 21 days is a long time to detain them since they are family men.

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