Chinese Firm Takes Responsibility For The Collapse Of Sigiri Bridge, Ababu Reckons Sabotage

The 1.2 Billion Sigiri Bridge. / COURTESY
The 1.2 Billion Sigiri Bridge. / COURTESY

Chinese Overseas Construction and Engineering Company Project  responsible for the construction of the 1.2 Billion Sigiri bridge has taken full responsibility for the mishap.

Manager Jerome Xzue Hua told the Nation they are baffled by the Monday incident.

Mr Hua however defended the company against claims that they did not adhere to the set standards when putting up the bridge.

“This is very unusual because all the standards and specification required by the employer were met,” he said.

“We have experienced engineers and we are equally baffled by what happened. We hope to find the root cause of the problem and rectify the matter.”

According to Hua, the bridge can be repaired but at an extra cost.


Budalang’i Mp, Ababu Namwamba

Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba, described the incident as “catastrophic”.

“I want to express my deep sympathy to all those who were injured in the mishap. I want to wish them a quick recovery,” he said.

“The government has also undertaken to foot all the medical bills of those injured,” Mr Namwamba said.

“The dream for the Sigiri Bridge still lives on. Nothing will dampen this spirit.”

He called on investigative agencies to hasten the process and find the root cause of the incident.Top of his mind was economic sabotage.

“We cannot rule out economic sabotage, especially after the Standard Gauge Railway was once targeted,” he said.

“I want to rebuke those characters that may want to use this incident to gain political mileage.”

He criticised National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga, for playing politics with the collapse.

“Let him not play politics with development and the lives of our people,” he said.


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