Nairobi fire dept ‘was not informed’ of Strathmore drill

December 4, 2015 10:01 am
The Nairobi Fire Dept said it was not consulted and alerted of the drill.
The Nairobi Fire Dept said it was not consulted and alerted of the drill.

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 4 – The Nairobi County Government is set to conduct an independent probe into the botched terror attack drill at the Strathmore University.

Chief Fire Officer Brian Kisali says the Nairobi Fire Department had not been informed about the drill as is required.

“In the drill that was conducted at the Strathmore University, the Nairobi County Government fire department was not involved. According to the law, this should not have happened and we will conduct independent investigations into the incident,” he said.

He indicated that they were never involved and stern action will be taken against those who contravened the law.

Strathmore University top management officials were questioned on Thursday at the Lang’ata police station over the botched drill.

The officials, including the University’s Vice Chancellor Professor John Odhiambo arrived at the station at 3 pm and went straight to the DCIO’s office.

Odhiambo, who declined to utter a word to journalists camping outside the station, had said on Wednesday that he was not aware of the drill and even said he used his office escape route, thinking the University was under a terror attack.

All the eight senior management officials are set to record statement with police on how the drill was planned and executed; with indications some of them will be charged.

Police say they have already recorded statements from staff and students – including those in hospital – on what they knew or didn’t know about the poorly organized drill.

Police headquarters has distanced itself from the drill, saying higher authorities were not informed even as the university insisted it involved the Lang’ata Police chief.

Police Spokesman Charles Owino has said legal action will be taken against officials at the university who failed to follow proper procedures in conducting the drill.

The Vice Chancellor has since handed over the matter to the University Council in a bid to form an all inclusive team to


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