Babu Owino Calls For The Impeachment Of CS Chirchir Over Embakasi Gas Explosion

Written by on 15 February 2024

Embakasi East Member of Parliament has called for the impeachment of Energy Cabinet Secretary Davis Chirchir for failing to honour a Senate summon to give answers on the tragic gas explosion in Embakasi.

Addressing the Senate Energy Committee Chairman Wahome Wamatinga on Wednesday, Babu faulted the Energy CS, saying his actions of defiance give room for his impeachment.

“Therefore the CS for energy Mr. David Chirchir has proven to be an unreliable witness who on the witness stand should be impeached. When a witness is unreliable then impeachment of a witness must always follow,” said the MP.

The legislator blamed Chirchir for the negligence that lead to the explosion, adding that he should have conducted a probe when the gas plant resumed operations despite the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) rejecting its licenses. 

“The CS is both criminally culpable because they said that they didn’t issue the licenses but the issue is because he owes Kenyans a duty of care but became negligent,”

“He ought to have followed up and known that this company that isn’t issued with the license to trade, why is it proceeding to do so and he is also vicariously liable under the law of Tort,” added the MP.

Babu further criticized the CS for his absence during the explosion that left at least 10 people and over 300 nursing serious burns.

“It’s a big shame if the CS can leave this country in this state and go to another country and claim that he wants to serve the interest of Kenyans while Kenyans are already dead and some are dying,” added the Embakasi East MP. 

The CS’s act of disobeying the summon comes after the Senate Energy Committee asked him to appear before the committee to elucidate the explosion.    

The explosion occurred at Mradi village in Embakasi on February 2.

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