President William Ruto has directed the dismissal, arrest, and prosecution of state officials responsible for licensing the gas storage and refilling plant in Embakasi, which exploded, resulting in three fatalities and 280 injuries.

During a tour of the Western region, Dr. Ruto attributed the explosion to corruption and negligence on the part of state officials. He emphasized the endangerment of ordinary Kenyans due to licenses issued in inappropriate residential areas.

The tragedy claimed three lives and caused injuries to nearly 300 people, along with the destruction of undisclosed property. Ruto’s call for accountability follows revelations by Energy and Interior Cabinet Secretaries that the gas plant had been demolished twice in 2020 and 2021, with operators facing legal charges.

The Petroleum Institute of East Africa disclosed that a criminal case against the facility’s owner had been initiated in November 2020, resulting in guilty verdicts and sentences by May 2021. The explosion was linked to unsafe practices in refilling LPG cylinders, posing a heightened risk of leakage and explosion.

The Cabinet Secretaries announced a nationwide crackdown on illegal gas plants and ordered a fresh risk assessment of such facilities. Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, while visiting victims in hospitals, also called for action against illegal gas plants lacking proper licenses and safety measures.

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