Senators reveal how state played part in denying justice Solai dam tragedy victims

They do say that Justice delayed is Justice denied, and to the Solai Dam tragedy victims, Justice has been denied! Last year May remains fresh in the minds of the tragedy victims, but up to now, the government has done nothing on the matter.

A Senate committee has accused the government of failing to implement a report on the Solai Dam tragedy that killed 48 people on May 9, 2018.

An Ad hoc committee on the Solai Dam tragedy chaired by Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr visited the area on Monday accompanied by senators from various House committees.

They said it was sad that the owner of the killer dam was still walking free.

“It is such a disappointment that the report has not been implemented. We will push government agencies to implement it so that justice can be served to the victims of the tragedy,” Kilonzo said.

Senators Susan Kihika and Mutula Kilonzo Jnr during a press conference where they complained of intimidation to committee members probing the Solai Dam tragedy. /MONICAH MWANGI

He said the owner of the dam should not use the cases in court as a scapegoat. Mutula said the victims must be compensated as recommended by the Senate committee. 

Similar sentiments were echoed by Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei who is also the chairman of the Legal and Justice Committee.

He said the Senate will not relent in ensuring full implementation of the report.

“As the Chair Legal and Justice Committee I will ensure that the recommendations of the Ad hoc committee that was chaired by Senator Mutula are implemented to the full stop,” Cherargei said.

Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina asked the Director of Criminal Investigations and Director of Public Prosecutions to take up the matter.

“The case should be heard in Nairobi, not Nakuru. The affected people need to get on with their lives,” Ledama said.

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja, who is also the Vice Chair of the Security Committee in the Senate, said the Senate did not come up with a report in vain.

He hit out at the Judiciary for the injunction that has led to the stoppage of implementation of the restoration process on the land in Solai.

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