Another building collapses as Uhuru issues tough orders on collapsed Tassia building

Rescue operations are underway

Building collapses in Tassia

A few hours after a six storey building collapsed in Tassia, leaving 4 dead and 29 injured, another building is reported to have collapsed on Friday night with 12 casualties rescued from the rubble.

The one-storey building in Ndagani area near Chuka University in Tharaka Nithi county collapsed

A statement by the Kenya Red Cross indicates that no death has been reported in the collapsed building in Ndagani area near Chuka University in Tharaka Nithi County.

Rescue operations are underway at the scene which has since been cordoned off.

The one storey building housed a night club on its upper floor.

In the wake of yesterday’s incident, President Uhuru Kenyatta has today (07 December 2019) ordered for a thorough investigation of what led to the collapse of the residential building in Tassia Estate in Nairobi's Embakasi area.

In a statement by the Presidential Strategic Communications Unit read in part that “The president directs law enforcement agencies to hasten investigations into the collapsed building with a view of taking punitive legal action against those whose actions and/or inactions led to the incident”.

He also called on Kenyans to move out of buildings that are earmarked for demolition as well as those that appear likely to collapse.

“The head of state commended the multi-agency rescue team comprising of government and humanitarian agencies for the swift and well-coordinated response that helped avert more deaths in the collapsed building and appeals to Kenyans to vacate all condemned structures across the country.

“To those injured in the collapsed building in Tassia, the president wishes them quick recovery and assures that rescue efforts will continue until after every missing person is accounted for.” Added the statement.

The President was last evening briefed on a terrorist attack by suspected Alshabaab militants on a bus in Wajir County during which eight people among them Police Officers were brutally murdered.

In the statement, the President assured the country that the killers would be brought to justice, adding that the ruthless crackdown on criminal elements will continue until all are neutralized.

“On the Wajir terrorist attack, the President would like to inform the country that security forces are pursuing the killers and assures that the Government will not relent in its ruthless crackdown on criminal elements including suspected terrorists in its solemn duty to safeguard the lives and property of Kenyans.

“The Head of State further sends a strong warning and reminder to misguided elements operating within and outside of our national borders and whose actions harm innocent Kenyans that no effort will be spared in neutralizing the threat.” Added the communique.

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