Sonko suspends 16 county officials after Precious Talent School tragedy

By Vincent Kejitan | Wednesday, Sep 25th 2019 at 15:15
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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko on Wednesday afternoon suspended 16 county government officials following the collapse of a building at Precious Talent School that resulted in the death of 7 pupils.

Through a statement seen by Ureport, Sonko said he would not relent in his fight against impunity and blamed the tragedy on some officials in the Urban Planning Department.

“I am convinced beyond doubt that drastic measures have to be taken to reverse the effects of years of flouting Physical Planning Regulations and restore order and sanity, before illegal structures claim more lives as has repeatedly happened before.

“Given the foregoing, I have, therefore, suspended the following Nairobi City County Government officials with immediate effect, to facilitate impartial investigations that have commenced into this unfortunate incident and the conclusion of the ongoing comprehensive systems audit in the Urban Planning Department:

Charles Kerich, the current County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Finance and Economic Planning, who is the immediate former CECM for Lands and Urban PlanningMohammed Dagane – CECM Health (responsible for general public health and safety)Justus Kathenge, suspended County Chief Officer for Urban Planning (to continue in suspension)Jusper Ndeke, Director Planning Compliance and EnforcementDominic Mutegi, Development Management DirectorOchanda Ondari Fredrick, Assistant Director EnforcementRuth Waruguru, Director Urban PlanningThomas Dudi, Assistant Director PlanningSimon Onyango, Development Officer (regularization of buildings/approval of architectural plans)Alex Mucheru, Development Control (overseeing approvals of buildings and schools on behalf of public health and safety)Mackline Saitera, Development Control (approval of building plans and school inspection)Edna Guantai, In-charge of approval of public buildings and schools on behalf of public healthJoyce Kyengo, Dagoretti South Sub-County AdministratorLucy Wairimu Munyika, Dagoretti South Sub-County Commander.Sylivia Mwikali Nthinga, Dagoretti South Sub-County Planning OfficerOkal Kennedy, Ngando Ward Administrator

“To ensure minimal disruption of services at City Hall, I have made the following appointments that take effect immediately: Pauline Kahiga as the Acting CECM Finance and Economic PlanningVeska Kangogo as the Acting CECM Health

“As I have stated countless times before, my administration shall not condone or tolerate any form of corruption, incompetence or lethargy that may jeopardize the lives of, or negatively affect service delivery to, Nairobi residents in any way whatsoever.

“Every official in my administration must be ready to take personal responsibility for their sector and work, and be prepared to carry their own cross just as I am always ready to carry my own and assume overall responsibility as County CEO,” said Sonko.

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