Nairobi flooding cannot be blamed on Kidero
13 May 2015, 14:21
Nairobi - Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has apologized to city residents for the ongoing floods in the city and destruction of property as well as loss of lives.
Kidero, speaking Wednesday said that the rains seen in the city are bigger than those that were experienced during the El Nino season of 1997.
"This is worse than El Nino rains experienced in Nairobi in 1997," he said.
He said that he was very sorry for city residents who spent hours on the roads due to non moving traffic and said that his County Government was liaising with other authorities to ensure that the destruction is reduced as well as planning for the future.
" My sincere apologies to all Nairobians who have lost their loved ones,' he added, saying: "We continue to work towards the Nairobi we all want," he stated
" We are also closely liaising with the Meteorological department to share with us the actual rainfall forecast for the coming days in order for us to advise Nairobians accordingly," he added.
" We are also liaising with the traffic police commandant to ensure flow of traffic is manageable during this period," he insisted.
Nairobians spent hours on the roads Monday and Tuesday, with city residents forced to brave flooded roads and burst river banks as they sought their way home.
Many though, who spoke to News24 feel that Kidero's apology has come too late.
" Its too late. We have suffered already. People have lost their lives and we get an apology? They knew the rains were coming yet did nothing. Its demoralizing," Peter Njuguna, a Nairobi resident complained.
But analysts feel that the problem is not Kidero's and he is getting burnt by it unfairly.
" This city planning issue has been there for years. It is not about Kidero and I feel bad for him," Oscar Sendeyo, a planning expert says.
" It will need years to ensure the drainage is up to speed so blaming Kidero for a sixty year old problem is unfair, he added.
So far, 15 people have been confirmed dead in incidences cause by the heavy rains in Nairobi.
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