Arrests Made Following Embakasi Gas Plant Explosion

In the aftermath of the devastating explosion at an illegal gas plant in Embakasi last week, authorities have taken swift action. Three officials from the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) have been arrested by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI). This move comes amidst increasing pressure to hold accountable those responsible for the tragic incident.

The DCI statement confirms that the owner of the illegal gas plant surrendered to the authorities and has also been arrested. This development follows a directive from President William Ruto to apprehend government officials involved in granting licenses to the unauthorized operation.

Furthermore, efforts are underway to locate two additional NEMA officials, two drivers, and the site manager of the Embakasi plant, who are currently evading arrest. Of particular interest is one of the drivers who allegedly transported gas to the plant unlawfully.

The DCI has emphasized their commitment to ensuring justice for the victims, acknowledging the profound impact of the incident on Kenyan citizens. They have urged the public to provide any relevant information through the provided hotline to assist in apprehending the remaining suspects.

The arrests come shortly after NEMA suspended four of its employees allegedly involved in granting operational certificates to the illegal gas plant. Three of these suspended officials are among those already in custody.

The explosion resulted in the loss of six lives and left over 300 individuals injured, along with extensive damage to homes and vehicles in the vicinity. Reports suggest that the explosion was triggered by a gas leak from the plant, with residents alerting authorities moments before the blast occurred. The situation worsened when two mechanics attempted to jumpstart a stalled vehicle, leading to the catastrophic explosion.

In an effort to aid ongoing investigations and raise public awareness, the DCI has published photos of the wanted individuals on its official platforms, urging Kenyans to assist in identifying and locating them.

As the nation grapples with the aftermath of this tragedy, there is a growing demand for accountability and measures to prevent similar incidents in the future. The arrests represent a significant step towards achieving justice for the victims and their families, underscoring the importance of upholding regulatory standards and prioritizing public safety in all industrial operations.


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