Tobiko directs JKIA fire inquiry file closed

February 12, 2014 1:54 pm
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DPP Keriako Tobiko said he arrived at the decision after thorough perusal and review of the record contained in the police inquiry file/FILE
DPP Keriako Tobiko said he arrived at the decision after thorough perusal and review of the record contained in the police inquiry file/FILE
NAIROBI Kenya, Feb 12 – The Director of Public Prosecutions has ordered the closure of the police inquiry file into a fire at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport last August.

DPP Keriako Tobiko said he arrived at the decision after thorough perusal and review of the record contained in the police inquiry file.

Tobiko, in a statement, said he agrees with the police finding that there is no evidence of criminality disclosed against any person during the August 7, 2013 incident.

The Director of Criminal Investigations compiled the evidence and ruled out other possible causes and concluded the fire was caused by an electrical fault.

He then sent the file to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) for perusal and directions.

Thereafter, the DPP constituted a team of three senior officers at his office, who reviewed the evidence and made recommendation for the closure of the inquiry.

Normal operations at the airport resumed on August 9 last year.

On October 4, 2013, the Cabinet Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure Michael Kamau had also announced that the fire was caused by an electrical fault.

Kamau said the report handed over to him after investigations conducted by over 10 institutions had shown that it was a simple fire gone bad.

“From the evidence collected, experts report and eye witness accounts, it is evident that the fire was an accidental incident that resulted from an electrical hitch that started from the electric distribution board. It was beyond any human detention and control,” he said.

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