Four officials were asked to step aside pending investigations after gas explosion which claimed 3 lives and more than 200 left with injuries.
The move comes after an order by President William Ruto was issued that someone must be held culpable after the Embakasi gas filling station explosion on 2nd of February, claiming two lives and leaving scores with serious injuries.
The four are from National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) office. NEMA is the only body mandated with the issuance of licences and permits to business people, to make sure that due diligence is observed by the business ownership so that the place where business is located is safe and habitable to Kenyas.
The four, according to NEMA, include the Director of environmental compliance, Acting Deputy Director compliance, Senior environmental officer in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) section and head of environmental impact assessment in the EAI section.
Addressing the issue in Lugali on Saturday morning, Ruto attributed the incident to corruption, lack of integrity, and greed among government officials responsible for granting the license to the operator.
He expressed concern that the people in government had issued the licenses for the business to be conducted in a residential area where Kenyans reside – endangering their lives.
“I want to say for the avoidance of doubt, the government officials who issued licenses for gas installations in residential areas, when it was very clear that it, was the wrong thing to do, but because of incompetence and corruption, they issued licenses,”
He continued: “Today we have injuries, we have Kenyans who have died, those fellows who are involved in this, the ministry must immediately take action against them and they must be dismissed and prosecuted for the crimes they have committed.”
The President insisted that the Embakasi gas explosion incident would’ve been dealt with had the licencing been done after due diligence was done.