DPP now wants Patel Dam tragedy case moved to Nairobi

DPP now wants Patel Dam tragedy case moved to Nairobi

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji wants the case against Patel Dam owner Perry Mansukh Kansagara and eight others transferred from Naivasha to Nairobi.

Mr. Kansagara and his co-accused are charged with causing the death of 47 people who perished after the Patel Dam in Solai, Nakuru County broke its banks and drowned them.

According to the DPP, there are attempts of witness interference and tampering with evidence, hence, the case ought to be moved to Nairobi.

“DPP Noordin Haji wants the trial of Perry Mansukh & 8 others in Solai case transferred from Naivasha to Nairobi on grounds that scene of crime had been interfered with, there was attempt to tamper with witnesses and that security of prosecutors wasn’t assured,” the DPP’s office said in a tweet on Wednesday.

In July, Mr. Mansukh, Vinoj Kumar (Patel farm General Manager) and Nakuru County Director of Water Johnson Kamau Njuguna were arraigned in a Naivasha Court and charged with manslaughter, neglect of official duty and failing to prepare an environment impact assessment report.

Appearing before Naivasha Principal Magistrate Joseph Karanja, the three pleaded not guilty to the charges and were released on a Ksh.2.5 million cash bail.

According to the Director of Public Prosecutions, investigations revealed that the construction of the dam was done by unqualified staff using the farm equipment leading to construction and design flaws.