Kinyuru Munuhe @kinyurumunuhe
Interior Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i has revealed the inferno that gutted police quarters at Central Police Station was an accident.
The CS directed the 54 officers affected be settled in temporary housing immediately and a new police housing block be constructed immediately. “I am very sorry for what happened here. This was an accident involving gas leakage. In the next three days, we will have settled those affected.
The work to reconstruct starts immediately,” he said yesterday after an impromptu visit to the station. Central Police Division accommodates at least 300 police officers and their families’ majority of whom are attached to the station and in other vital government installations in Nairobi.
He was accompanied by Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and Nairobi police command led by Nairobi County police commander Joseph ole Tito and County CID boss Nicholas Kamwende. Matiang’i and Boinnet declined to answer queries from journalists including the controversial public appeal to help the affected families. Boinnet, however, later dismissed the appeal.
The appeal was made last Friday by the National Disaster Management Unit sparking widespread public outrage. “No questions.
You will have opportunity to ask questions after my two-weeks tour across the country,” said Matiang’i. He said the government has embarked on a police housing project of up to 20,000 units across the country.