Six folks died within the catastrophe and 280 others had been injured in Thursday’s explosion in a Nairobi residential space.
Kenyan police on Tuesday mentioned they’d arrested the primary suspect in a lethal fuel blast that triggered an enormous fireball in a densely populated space of Nairobi final week.
Six folks died within the catastrophe and round 280 others had been injured when a truck loaded with fuel canisters exploded within the Embakasi neighbourhood of the town, late Thursday.
Kenya’s Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) mentioned in a press release on X that its investigators have arrested the “prime suspect” who rented the fuel depot the place the blast occurred.
“To ensure that justice has had its way, the DCI teams that are investigating the dreadful incident have so far arrested main suspect Derrick Kimathi alongside three NEMA officials who were found culpable,” it added.
Officials from the National Environment Management Agency (NEMA) have been accused of wrongly giving a licence for the LPG filling and storage plant in such a densely populated space.
“Five other suspects are still at large and are wanted by the DCI to answer to their crimes that have caused untold physical and emotional suffering to fellow Kenyans,” the DCI assertion mentioned, accompanied by images of the suspects.
These embrace the supervisor of the positioning, one other two NEMA workers, a truck driver, and one other driver, it mentioned.
According to native reviews, Nairobi Governor Sakaja Johnson ordered the closure of all fuel companies working in residential areas throughout the town.
President William Ruto, with out mentioning NEMA, mentioned on the weekend that licences had been wrongly issued for fuel installations in residential areas “because of incompetence and corruption”.
Ruto mentioned these accountable needs to be sacked and “prosecuted for the crimes they have committed”.
NEMA had mentioned on Saturday that an organization, Maxxis Nairobi Energy, had obtained a allow to function a fuel plant on the website in February final yr. It mentioned it had suspended 4 of its workers.
The large inferno left a path of destruction within the residential and industrial space, destroying autos, enterprise premises and residential houses.
Embakasi has a inhabitants of about a million in response to the 2019 census, and lies near Kenya’s worldwide airport.