Senate ad hoc committee admits receiving threats over probe on Patel Dam

The Senate ad hoc committee investigating the Patel dam tragedy in Subukia Nakuru County has admitted receiving threats from some quotas in attempt to have the matter compromised.

The committee Chair Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior speaking over the weekend when the committee visited families affected by the tragedy that claimed 47 lives said members of the committee had received threats from some quotas.

However, the Makueni Senator who is also a lawyer by profession said the threats will not deter them from ensuring justice for the victims.

“We have received threats.Some members of the committee have even been called to be bribed but for the sake of justice we said no…..Lazima kieleweke and we must ensure justice for the people of Solai” said Mutula.

This even at emerged that local administrators duped affected families into signing of compensation list.

Giving their views, the families blamed the local administrators whom they claimed had altered the compensation lists by including people who were not affected by the tragedy.

It is due to the complains raised by the families that the Senate ad hoc committee revoked all the compensation lists that had been signed.

While revoking the lists, the committee chair said it was wrong for local administrators to play around with the compensation exercise of the victims.

“Impunity must come to an end and Solai case will serve as an example. Those who have received money from Patel to mess up the exercise will have to vomit the money.Infact the compensation lists have been revoked” said Mutula.

Sentiments echoed by Nakuru senator Susan Kihika who said the committee will not be cowed following pressure to have it abandon the investigations sittings.

Senator Kihika who on 10th May vowed to fight tooth and nail to have Solai dam victims find justice stated that they will remain firm to ensure justice for the families affected by the tragedy.

“We know there is pressure left, right and centre for us to abandon the investigations but we are saying we will not be cowed until we ensure justice” said Kihika.

The committee revealed that they will be meeting interior Cabinet Secretary Dr.Fred Matiang’i over the same.

This coming a time when the families affected are accusing the local administrators among them chiefs and Deputy county commissioner for interfering with the whole process of compensation.

 

PHOTO/Susan Kihika Communication Unit:Members of the Senate ad hoc committee during their visit to Solai on fact finding.