- Last week there was a huge explosion in the Mradi area, in Embakasi where a lorry loaded with gas exploded, igniting a huge ball of fire that spread widely.
- The death toll from the gas fire incident in Embakasi has now reached six, with three additional survivors succumbing to their injuries on Sunday.
Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has ordered the immediate closure of gas businesses operating within residential estates. https://rb.gy/awsrpi
Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has ordered the immediate closure of gas businesses operating within residential estates.
Speaking in Mradi estate in Embakasi, the governor warned subcounty administrators against allowing such operations.
"I have directed all the 17 subcounty administration officers to ensure all gas businesses operating within residential areas are closed with immediate effect," Sakaja said.
The governor said that a list of the targetted premises will be released today and have the premises shut down immediately.
"All gas refilling stations within 200 m radius of any residential premises are to be closed effective immediately,"he added
Sakaja assured the victims of the tragedy that the owners of the premises where the incident took place shall be held responsible and accountable.
He was accompanied by his deputy, Njoroge Muchiri while he visited some of the bereaved families of the Mradi estate fire incident that happened last week Thursday.
Sakaja and Muchiri were accompanied by county executives, chief officers and county staff.
"I want to assure Nairobians that the owners of the premises where the incident took place shall be held responsible and accountable," he said.
Last week on Thursday night there was a huge explosion in the Mradi area, in Embakasi where a lorry loaded with gas exploded, igniting a huge ball of fire that spread widely.
A flying gas cylinder hit the Oriental Godown nearby, burning it down.
The godown deals in garments and textiles.
As a result, the inferno damaged several vehicles and commercial properties, including many small and medium-sized businesses.
The death toll from the gas fire incident in Embakasi on Friday has now reached six, with three additional survivors succumbing to their injuries on Sunday.
Over the weekend, President William Ruto ordered the sacking of state officials accused of irregularly issuing licenses for the operation of a gas plant that resulted in the explosion.
Ruto attributed the incident to corruption, lack of integrity, and greed among government officials responsible for granting the license to the operator.
The Head of State directed that the Ministry of Energy should ensure the people implicated in the matter should vacate office with immediate effect and face charges for the offences committed.
Hours later, four National Environment Management Authority officials were instructed to step aside amidst investigations into the issuance of the license to the Embakasi gas company.
The owner of the gas filling plant in Embakasi that exploded and killed at least six and injured more than 300 people has been arrested.
He was arrested alongside three senior officials at Nema Monday evening as the probe into the deadly blast goes on, police said.
They were on Tuesday expected in court for miscellaneous applications to enable police to investigate the blast.