KeNHA verdict on collapsed bridge criticised

Poor workmanship and not earth tremors is the cause of the collapse of a bridge along the Naivasha-Mai Mahiu road.

This is according to a group of engineers who visited the bridge yesterday. It collapsed on Sunday.

Earlier, Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) had issued a warning saying that earth tremors that hit parts of the country had destroyed the bridge.

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But the independent engineers dismissed the alert by KeNHA noting that the bridge started cracking months ago before the section finally caved in.

Police have closed the road near Mirera in Naivasha.

Poor workmanship

An engineer who declined to be named said the materials used to construct the road were of poor quality.

“The collapse of this bridge has nothing to do with an earthquake as claimed and this is purely poor workmanship,” said the engineer.

Naivasha OCPD Samuel Waweru confirmed that they had been forced to close the road and divert motorists.

“This incident was first reported on Sunday night and after a survey, we have been forced to block this bridge until the part that has collapsed is repaired,” Mr Waweru said.

Naivasha MP Jayne Kihara said the bridge should be repaired. She called for inspection of all bridges between Mai Mahiu and Nakuru.

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