Today marks exactly 4 years since the Solai dam tragedy that claimed more than 45 lives. The dam broke its banks and poured water into neighboring homes.
The incident left family members of the deceased people heartbroken. Sadly, up to now, they have never gotten any form of compensation for the tragic losses.
Stephen Nganga lost his two children and a grandchild in the tragedy. He was left to raise a grandchild who was left as a total orphan. He wishes the government can intervene and ensure that they are compensated since he can barely work to cater for the needs of his grandchild because of his advanced age.
Stephen said that many children in other families were left as total orphans after their parents died in the tragedy.
This year, they will not be holding any memorial service to remember their late family members since the services usually remind them of the traumatizing experience. They plan to heal peacefully and move on with their lives as they wait for compensation.
On 27 April, the court ruled that the owner Perry Mansukhlal and 8 others have a case to answer. They will face 48 counts of manslaughter following the 2018 incident. The water resources authority said that the dam was illegally constructed in the area near homes. The authority had warned the owner to shut it down but he defied the warning.
The owner had been given a permit for a 2.5 m weir but went ahead to construct 30m.
No action was taken against the defiance.
May justice be served.
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