Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi (Sonko) and Witnesses testifying were emotionally overwhelmed by a graphic video played in the court. Judiciary hired St John Ambulance to give counseling and first aid to the affected individuals.
Sonko cried as the video played and at the end of it Justice David Majanja adjourned the hearing until April 14 to give room room for the digestion of the unique video.
In the case, Kenya Pipeline Corporation (KPC) is accused of negligence and disregarding the welfare of victims by constructing an oil pipeline in the middle of a residential area. KPC, is accused of not putting firefighting facilities in place and ignoring the danger it posed to the inhabitants of Sinai.
When he testified, Nairobi Senator Mbuvi accused the Government of being negligent.
He said Government ought to have dug trenches and ensured that the oil pipeline that passes through the slum was well maintained.
“I was called at around 10:00 am and immediately called the fire brigade and the police,” he recounted. The former Makadara Constituency MP described the incident as “ugly”. “Bodies were littered all over the place, some belonging to animals and children,” he said.
The Nairobi senator also blamed the now-defunct Nairobi City Council for failing to construct roads, supply water and/or any infrastructure, making the area inaccessible.
The victims are seeking up to Sh25billion from Kenya Pipeline Corporation and defunct Nairobi City Council.