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Lamu activists to sue Kenya Power for negligence

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Lamu based human rights defenders are heading to court to sue government parastatal, Kenya Power company for negligence.

This follows an incident in the year 2020 where an electricity supply poll fell on a residential house at Witu area in the county completely destroying the roof of the house.

According to the rights defenders, Kenya Power Lamu officials despite providing two logs to support the house from completely crumbling, they have denied causing the damage.

The human rights defenders led by Yunus Ahmed, despite several attempts to hand the Kenya Power officials a complaint so that they accept responsibility and repair the house, they did not accept receipience of the complaint.

“We are not relenting on this and we are assuring the affected family that our journey is heading to the corridors of justice,” he said.

Ahmed noted that one year later Saddat Mohammed, and his three physically challenged children are living in the dilapidated structure.

“Saddat, 55 has been struggling for a whole year now, pleading with Kenya Power Lamu officials to repair his but his efforts have yielded totally nothing,” said Mr. Ahmed.

The activists who visited Saddat at his Witu rubbles on Saturday gathered adequate information that they say will enable them present a concrete human rights case against the public institution.

He said the rights defenders will not remain mum as a whole public institution is engaging in gross human rights violations in the county.

Ahmed has appealed to Lamu residents and especially Witu locals and leaders to unite in seeking justice for poor Saddat who fears that rain season may worsen the already bad situation.

Saddat on his part has blamed Kenya Power for promising him repair works of the house, only to deny responsibility.

Earlier, the Kenya Power Lamu officials denied that they were involved in the destruction of Saddat’s house.