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Electrical fault caused JKIA fire, says Tobiko

By NAIROBI NEWS February 13th, 2014 1 min read

Investigations into the fire at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport have been closed.

Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko directed that the inquiry file be closed after studying it and agreeing with the police that there was no crime in the August 7 inferno.

“I agree with the police finding that there is no evidence of criminality against any person in the fire,” Mr Tobiko said in a brief statement to the media houses on Wednesday.

Mr T0biko said the Director of Criminal Investigations had ruled out any other possible cause of fire apart from an electric fault.

“The Director of Criminal Investigations compiled the evidence and ruled out other possible causes, concluding the fire was caused by an electrical fault,” Mr Tobiko.

The inferno, which caused damage worth millions of shillings, was first suspected to have been an arson or terror attack and the government immediately set up an inquiry team. 

Board was burnt

The inter-agency team comprised members of the National Intelligence Service, CID and Anti-Terrorism Police Unit.

The American Federal Bureau of Investigation has also concluded that the fire was not an act of terrorism or arson. 

Bomb experts said no explosives were found while Public Works officials said the main cable to the electricity distribution board was burnt, indicating an electric fault.