Running battles as furious RUTO orders the arrest and detention of his juniors over Embakasi gas explosion within 24 hours

 Saturday, February 3, 2024 - President William Ruto has ordered the dismissal, arrest, and detainment of government officials who issued licenses to the gas-filling plant that exploded in Embakasi on Thursday night.

Speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony for Chekalini Market in Lugari, Kakamega County, Ruto explained that the gas-filling plant was operating contrary to the law. 

He added that unscrupulous government officials issued permits to the gas dealer to conduct business in a residential area hence endangering lives. 

The president thus demanded the dismissal and arrest of the government officials within 24 hours to face charges levelled against them. 

"In Nairobi, there was an explosion causing grave injuries to many people because of laziness, deceit, and corruption in government offices. 

"Some granted a license for the plant to be established at a residential area endangering the lives of Kenyans," Ruto stated.

"I have instructed the Ministry that those responsible for granting the license should be fired, arrested, and detained today," he added. 

He added that such government officials received bribes to turn a blind eye to the law, which consequently led to the Thursday night explosion that has claimed three lives to date.

"They (gas filling plant owners) were instructed not to establish the facility but due to bribery and lack of discipline, the licence was issued and now we have a problem in our hands," the head of state noted. 

Ruto's directive comes hours after Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) boss Daniel Kiptoo confirmed that the gas filling plant conducted operations in Embakasi and Nanyuki.

Kiptoo added that EPRA officials raided the facility in Nanyuki and arrested the staff for operating without authorization.

He confirmed that the company was only licensed as a transporter of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).


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