June 17, 2019

Huruma building suspects granted bail

By Jude Titus

The five suspects arraigned at the Milimani Law Courts on Tuesday in connection with the collapse of Huruma building have been released on bail.

Chrispas Ndinyo, Director National Construction, Director of Planning and Compliance at Nairobi County Government Justus Kathenge and Seline Ogallo, the Mathare sub-county administrator are required to pay Sh500, 000 in cash or deposit a Sh1 million bond with a surety of a similar amount.

‘‘The prosecution failed to convince the court of compelling reasons why they shouldn’t be released on bail pending conclusion of investigations,’’ indicated Principal Magistrate Beatrice Mosiria on Wednesday.

The prosecution led by Dancun Ondimu wanted the five suspects detained for 21 days indicating the possibility of them interfering with the ongoing investigations. The prosecution also said that the suspects are facing a likelihood of being charged with either the offence of murder or manslaughter once investigations are complete and hence they are likely to abscond or jeopardize the ongoing investigations if released on bail.

Rescue operations at the rubble continued on Wednesday and three more bodies pulled, bringing the number of those who succumbed so far to 26. According to the Nairobi Police Boss Japheth Koome, the three bodies were pulled from the rubble on Tuesday night.

‘‘The bodies were pulled out of the building Tuesday night in the operation which also saw nine rabbits rescued. The search was still on but slow as the teams were on the fourth floor and had to do their work professionally to ensure that no life is lost,’’ reiterated Koome.

There were celebrations on Tuesday after a six month old baby girl was rescued from the rubble and the Red Cross locating the father four days after the incident occurred. Red Cross reported that the baby was taken to Nairobi Hospital with dehydration but there was no sign of physical injuries.

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