Just 2 weeks after the president visited Budalangi’s Sigiri bridge, it came crumbling down.
The bridge estimated to have cost Sh1.2 billion collapsed on Monday morning, in the process injuring 28 site workers. It was supposed to be launched next month.
The 50 metre bridge was meant to link Bunyala South and North, and was being constructed by China Overseas Engineering Co. (COVEC).
Opposition leader Raila Odinga blasted President Uhuru for the unprofessional job, saying it was rushed for political mileage. “Jubilee is to blame for the unprofessional job yet a lot of money is going into people’s pocket.”
“We are lucky that the bridge collapsed before it was used. Otherwise, we would have lost a lot of lives,” he said.
However, Jubilee leaders took a different angle. Moses Kuria, Kimani Ichun’gwa and Kimani Wamatangi separately accused Nasa of economic sabotage. They wondered how the bridge ‘conveniently’ collapsed a day after Raila visited the area.
Moses Kuria made two photos on his Facebook page, pointing an accusing finger at Raila and Nasa.
In the meantime, the government has suspended construction works at the site, until an integrity analysis is done.
Infrastructure PS John Mosonik said that a team of investigators has been sent to Budalangi and will be looking at all angles including foul play.
“A team of investigators from the Kenya Urban Roads Authority have been dispatched to establish the cause the collapse.”
“The team comprised of top engineers will investigate the cause of the failure of the structure and will release more information as it becomes available,” he said.