Firemen and other people at the site of the pipeline explosion in Kenya's capital, Nairobi
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Nairobi slum fire 'could have been avoided'

The Kenyan Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, has said that his government will compensate the families of the victims of Monday's fire in a Nairobi slum after a petrol pipeline exploded.

It has emerged that fears over safety for the Sinai slum-dwellers were expressed as early as 2008, when Kenya Petroleum Company (KPC), which owns the pipeline, gave them an eviction notice.

But it appears the notice went unheeded.

The BBC's Focus on Africa asked Kenya's Local Government Minister Musalia Mudavadi about the accident and how and whether it could have been avoided.

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  • 13 Sep 2011
  • From the section Africa