Owner of collapsed Malindi building surrenders to police

The building that collapsed,The building owner has since surrendered to police PHOTO COURTESY

Kilifi, KENYA: The owner of the Malindi building that collapsed on Friday killing 1 person and injuring 23 others is currently in police custody.

The owner identified as Shabir Ali Fakurdin surrendered to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations on Monday.

This is according to the Malindi DCI boss Anthony Sunguti.

According to Sunguti, Ali had gone into hiding when the tragedy happened on Friday.

Ali is the owner of Palm developers limited which was the company constructing the 8th-floor apartment.

However, Ali has denied fleeing after the incident instead telling detectives that he had traveled to Mombasa to see relatives.

Unconfirmed reports say Ali is the son of Shabir Kasamale who lost his life in the incident.

On Tuesday, Kenya Defense force officers were still on site rummaging through the debris to look for 7 people who have not yet been accounted for.

On Monday, the Malindi law courts detained one of the building engineers for 21 days to allow police to complete investigations into the incident.