Experts launch probe into Sigiri bridge collapse

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A team of investigators on Tuesday combed through the debris of the Sigiri Bridge in Busia County, searching for clues on what could have led to its mysterious collapse barely two weeks after it was inspected by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The engineers from the Kenya Rural Roads Authority and the National Construction Authority, however, remained tight-lipped on the nature of their investigations, referring journalists to Infrastructure Principal Secretary John Mosonik.

The PS, on Monday, ordered thorough geotechnical and structural investigations to establish why the bridge easily came tumbling down, injuring at least 27 people.

The bridge, which, was still under construction, comprises three spans — 25 metres at both ends and 50 metres in the middle.

According to Mr Mosonik, construction of the end spans was complete. The casting of the deck slab for the 50-metre middle span [...]