Kenya: 9 cleared of dam collapse manslaughter charges

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A court in Kenya has cleared nine people charged with causing the deaths of almost 50 people during the collapse of a dam in 2018.

The group of people, who included the owner of the dam, were cleared of manslaughter on Monday at a court in Naivasha, north of the capital Nairobi. The chief magistrate questioned the commitment of the prosecutors in delivering their case.

Manslaughter charges cleared over dam collapse

In May 2018, a dam near the town of Solai, about 190km from Nairobi, collapsed after heavy rains. Dozens were killed as a deluge of water swept through farmland and homes in the town. Investigations revealed the dam was constructed by unqualified staff and breached environmental laws.

The owner of the dam and several government officials were among the nine charged over the collapse of the dam. After 18 months in court, the nine suspects were set free by a judge who said little progress has been made in the case.

The prosecution said it will appeal the verdict.

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.