Solai Dam Tragedy: Almost one year later but no justice for victims

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A planned meeting between the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and victims of the Solai dam tragedy together with their legal teams has aborted after armed police officers cordoned off the venue.

The meeting was to be held Wednesday at Solai centre in Nakuru County.

Police said the meeting was illegal and that security authorities had not been notified about it.

An attempt by residents led by the KHRC Director George Kegoro and Kabazi MCA Peter Mbae to hold the meeting forced the police to disperse crowds that were gathering using tear gas.

Police engaged residents in running battles for the better part of Wednesday morning.

The residents, most of them victims of the dam tragedy that claimed the lives of 48 people, barricaded the nearby Bahati-Solai road for nearly one hour as they protested the cancellation of the meeting.

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Learning at the nearby Solai Nyakinyua Primary School was also disrupted as police engaged the residents in running battles.

The dam burst its banks on May 9, 2018 causing deaths and massive destruction.

Various humanitarian organisations including the Kenya Red Cross have been helping the survivors to rebuild their lives.

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