Fire guts Kisii County assembly chambers

Kisii Governor James Ongwae (right)when he visited the county assembly chambers following a fire incident. [Eric Abuga, Standard]

Police in Kisii are investigating the cause of a Friday fire that destroyed a larger section of the county’s assembly chambers. 

The building that was built by the defunct Kisii municipality houses assembly chambers, speaker's office, governor and his deputy's offices.

The Assembly gallery and the entire broadcasting section has been burnt down.

The cause of the midday fire is yet to be established.

Speaking when he visited the assembly to assess the damage, Governor James Ongwae urged the police to expedite their investigations so that the cause of the inferno can be ascertained.

"I have ordered for the Assembly to be sealed off. This is a big fire that needs serious investigations. I am requesting that we have experts to come and carry out investigations into this matter," he said.

Reports indicate that at the time the fire started, Assembly speaker David Kombo and assembly service board members were meeting the assembly forum officials, commissioners from the Commission of Administrative Justice and those from the National Gender and Equality Commission over issues that had been raised by nominated MCAs.