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Residents say they reported cracks to Nema, NCA

Roy Lumbe @lumbe_roy

Some residents of Nyakinyua Farm in Solai, Nakuru have blamed two State agencies for the Patel Farm dam tragedy. They have accused the National Construction Authority (NCA) and the National Environment Management Authority (Nema) of failing to inspect the dam despite being informed about cracks on the walls.

Patrick Kimani, a survivor, said he had reported the cracks at the offices of the two agencies in Nakuru town but no action was taken.

“The collapse of the dam highlights the failure to rein in malpractices. We had complained of cracks but no one took action,” said Kimani. He told People Daily that he lost his house to the dam water but survived the flood by clinging to a tree.  Mary Njoki also attributed the tragedy to failure by regulatory agencies.

“The dam should have been inspected by the agencies to ensure its safety. It is unfortunate that they come after tragedies have happened to tell us how the projects were substandard,” said Njoki But an official of the NCA who did not wish to be named said the agency should not be blamed because the dam was constructed inside a farm which was inaccessible.  He added that the agency lacks adequate manpower to inspect all construction projects in the country.

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