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Huruma building owner charged with 52 counts of manslaughter

A man believed to be the owner of the building that collapsed in Huruma estate was on Tuesday charged with 52 counts of manslaughter.

Mr Samuel Kamau Karanja was also charged with giving false information to get approval for connection of electricity and water to the ill fated building.

He denied the charges and has been detained pending a determination on bail on Wednesday.


Mr Kamau was also charged with constructing a six-storey building without complying to approval laws.

The court heard that between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2013 at Ngei II estate, in Nairobi, he committed the offence jointly with others not before court.

Four Nairobi county officials are also to be charged over the collapsed building together with a NEMA inspector.

The five were absent on Tuesday prompting the prosecution to apply for summonses.

The Director of Public Prosecution requested the court to deny the suspects bond on grounds that they may not honour dates “as the offences they face are serious.”