24 January 2013

Kenya: Street Families Scour Kisumu Building Rubble

Kisumu street families have continued to cause havoc in the city as they scramble for scrap metal from the collapsed building that killed six people leaving 35 others injured.

The five storey building adjacent to the Imperial hotel collapsed last week and investigations into the cause of accident is underway. For the last three days police have engaged a group of street youths who have been camping at the scene waiting to collect metallic rods that they sell as scrap metals in running battles.

The management of the Imperial hotel had raised complaints of commotion caused by the group of street families. Yesterday, Kisumu East DC Willy Cheboi visited the scene accompanied by police officers to control the menace in the area.

Earlier on there were allegations that some people were still trapped in the rumble a week later after the building collapsed. However, rescuers using heavy tracks yesterday managed to comb the rumble and found no bodies.

On Saturday night police were forced to use tear gas to disperse the street urchins from the scene after they clashed with motor cycle riders.

Thirty five people were rescued and six others confirmed dead after the collapse of Kisumu building. The ministry of Public Works has since dispatched a team of officers to Kisumu to investigate the collapse of the facility.

Public Works minister Chris Obure said it was unfortunate for the country to lose people because of the negligence of unscrupulous developers.

Yesterday, Kibos sugar company and partners donated Sh 50,000 to each family that lost their beloved ones in the accident. The company's director Raju Singh promised to further ensure the company assists those who suffered injuries during the accident.

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