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Kidero suspends 4 officials over Huruma house collapse

Officials say more heads are set to roll at City Hall over the tragedy. Photo/FILE.

Officials say more heads are set to roll at City Hall over the tragedy. Photo/FILE.

NAIROBI, Kenya Jan 6 – Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has suspended four top officials at the county following the collapse of a house in Huruma where four people were killed.

“This is just the beginning, more heads will roll,” an official at Kidero’s office told Capital News beat, and pledged more updates on the investigation seeking to establish systemic failures that led to the tragedy.

Among those suspended are Rose Muema, Chief Officer in charge of Planning, Urban Development and Housing, Jairus Kathenge who is the Director of Enforcement and compliance as well as 16 others in the line department.

Search and rescue efforts are still underway at the rubbles following reports that more people could be trapped after the seven storey building went down on Sunday night.

According to National Disaster Management Unit Deputy Director Pius Mwachi eight people are still reported missing.

“We are hopeful that we will rescue more people by the end of the operation. The rescue will take a longer time since it’s a complicated process and we have to treat it with care,” he added.

Mwachi has urged members of the public to donate food stuffs and clothing to help the victims and their families during this trying time.

“We will go on with the operation throughout Monday night, we are at the fourth floor, having completed evacuation of the top three storeys, “ he said.

The Kenyatta National Hospital recorded a total of 28 casualties: 12 male and 16 female with 25 patients treated and discharged.

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Two of the patients are admitted having sustained multiple limb and soft tissue injuries.
The hospital is on alert in case more victims from the building collapse are brought in for specialised care.

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