A National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) official sought in connection with the Embakasi gas explosion incident has surrendered to the police. Government Spokesperson Isaac Mwaura confirmed that the official, presented by her advocate, is currently held at Embakasi police station awaiting arraignment at the Makadara law courts for custodial orders.

With this surrender, the total number of suspects being pursued by detectives for prosecution in relation to the tragedy, which resulted in seven deaths and numerous injuries, now stands at five. Among those still at large are the site manager, two drivers, and another NEMA official, prompting an appeal from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) for public assistance in locating them.

Those arraigned in court on Tuesday include the plant owner and three other NEMA officials, charged with murder under sections 203 and 204 of the penal code. The court is expected to decide whether to grant the prosecution’s request to detain the four for 21 days pending further investigation.

In the aftermath of the incident, all victims sheltered at the Embakasi Social Hall have either been reintegrated into the community or provided with alternative accommodation. The government has committed to ongoing support, encompassing both immediate needs such as food and long-term assistance to aid affected individuals and families in rebuilding their lives.

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