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Belgian grant boosts Nairobi plan to curb fires

28 January 2014, 13:44

Nairobi - Nairobi County government is set to purchase new fire engines and build two new fire stations at a cost of more than KES 1 billion after securing a grant from the Belgian government.

Nairobi Secretary, Lilian Ndegwa, said the county government was in the process of acquiring seven new fire engines in order to better equip it to deal with disasters.

“We would like to firmly assure Nairobi residents that the Nairobi City County is committed to the safety of all citizens living in Nairobi and its environs,” said Ndegwa.

Ndegwa’s statement comes just a day after Nairobi Senator, Mike Mbuvi, accused the county government of complacency in responding to fire distress calls from residents.

This came after an inferno consumed 19 houses in Kariobangi North rendering up to 200 people homeless during the weekend.

Ndegwa said in a rejoinder that after an intensive investigation and lengthy discussions with the Rapid Response team, the Investigation and the Security and Compliance Department, the county government condemned the incident.

“As a county we term the incident that occurred on Saturday as regrettable due to negligence on the part of some of our officers. Appropriate disciplinary action against the officers on duty has been constituted,” said Ndegwa.

– CAJ News


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