County on the spot for slow disaster response

The county fire brigade officials have been accused severally of arriving at scenes of fire late with insufficient water for the exercise.

Sunday February 28 2016

Trans-Nzoia County Governor Patrick Khaemba and his deputy Stanley Tarus during a past event.  Governor Khaemba challenged leaders to stop frustrating development.  FILE PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Trans-Nzoia County Governor Patrick Khaemba and his deputy Stanley Tarus during a past event. Governor Khaemba challenged leaders to stop frustrating development. FILE PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By PHILIP BWAYO
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The Trans Nzoia County Government has been accused of poor response in times disasters leading to many deaths and destruction of property worth millions of shillings.

This follows the death of an 80-year-old man who was burnt beyond recognition in his house in Cherang’any, while 45 houses at Kipsongo estate within Kitale town were reduced to ashes.

Saboti Member of Parliament David Wafula expressed disappointment at the slow pace at which the disaster department responds to such cases that require immediate action.

“What is the need of spending taxpayers’ money on expensive equipment which are not serving them in times of need?” Mr Wafula lamented as he donated foodstuffs to victims of the Kipsongo inferno on Saturday.

The county fire brigade officials have been accused severally of arriving at scenes of fire late with insufficient water for the exercise.

Area Deputy Governor Stanley Tarus, however, said their team has also been facing challenges in accessing scenes of fire within settlements in town because of congestion.

“Most developers have not given room for access and easy movement of fire engine hence it becomes a challenge for our officers to access the scene like the case at Kipsongo,” said Dr Tarus.

The county government has also come under another criticism over its failure to cordon-off deserted water dams in the regions with cases of drowning being on the rise.

“We don’t have to lose 100 lives to take action. We as Red Cross are ready to partner with the county government to ensure all the water dams are protected,” said Mr Ronals Masindano, the Trans Nzoia Red Cross chairman.

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