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Brothers Henry and Samuel Kimani when they appeared in court to answer to manslaughter charges. The two are the owners of the collapsed Huruma building

The owners of the building that collapsed in Huruma killing more than 50 people have been charged with manslaughter. They have also been charged for causing death of 52 people.The owners, Samuel Karanja and Henry Karanja who are also brothers pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

National Construction Authority Director Chrispas Ndinyo, Director of Planning and Compliance at Nairobi County government Justus Kathenge and Mathare sub-county Administrator Seline Ogallo are the other four officials were also charged alongside the two owners.

Site of the collapsed building which collapsed killing over 50 people
Site of the collapsed building which collapsed killing over 50 people

Their arrest and appearance in court was effected after President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Cabinet Secretary for Internal Security Joseph Nkaissery’s order. The collapsed building, in Huruma’s Ngei ii Flats, and which housed an unknown number of people had been earmarked for demolition by the county council. Over 52 people were killed.

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