Court in Kenya gives 7 days to conclude Nandi gold mine blast probe

Kapsabet chief magistrate Samuel Mokua has given the state conclude Nandi gold mine blast probe. He declined the 21days request made by the state to enable a multi-agency team to conclude the investigation and enable them to charge the suspects.

Karebe gold mine blast

The probe involves investigations into the January 23, blast at a goldmine in Nandi. Three miners were killed while six others were injured inside a tunnel in the afternoon the blast incident. In a statement, police said the workers were killed in a blast caused by a team of illegal miners at the gold-rich Karebe gold mining site. The Karebe Gold Mining Company, licensed by the Kenyan government, is a British company that conducts gold exploration, mining, and processing. It houses one of the largest commercial mining gold sites in Kenya.

10 suspects who were arrested over the deadly blast, however, are out on Sh200,00 cash bail. The chief magistrate ruled that the matter would be brought before him on March 17, 2023 when the state is expected to formally charge the suspects.

The victims were represented by Kenya human rights commission lawyers Brian Olang’ and Festus Mbati while Karebe mining company were represented by Jacob Ngwele and Abner Mango. Lawyers for the victims informed the court that despite the tough conditions set out in the bail application for the suspect, the widows and families of deceased persons were being intimidated and harassed by the suspects.

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