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15 Mandera quarry attack victims laid to rest

11 December 2014, 10:04 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Fifteen of the 36 people killed at a quarry in Mandera County on December 2 by Al Shabaab militants have been buried in Nyeri County in an emotional send off attended by thousands of people.

A joint funeral service was first held at Dedan Kimathi Kamukunji stadium before families picked the bodies for burial at their respective homes.

The deceased persons were between ages of 25 and 54 years, hailing from different constituencies in Nyeri County while one was from Matanya area in Laikipia County.

Majority were those who could not hold their tears back due to grief as others fell down crying but Kenya Red Cross Society officials were in every corner to attend to them and offer counseling.

The Mandera County Government consoled the deceased person’s families with KES 85 000 each while the County government of Nyeri had facilitated and settled the post mortem and transport bills which amounted to KES 1.4 million.

Read Also: Government eyes tougher security laws after Mandera killings

The service was attended by Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua, Roads and Transport Cabinet Secretary Micheal Kamau, MPs Mary Wambui (Othaya), Esther Murugi (Nyeri town), Kanini Kega (Kieni), Maison Leshomo (Samburu) and Priscilla Nyokabi (Nyeri County).

Governor Gachagua asked the national government to enhance security at border points adding that immigration officers should be police officers not civilians.

“This should be the last time for us to bury such a huge number of people at once. The immigration officers who were on duty on that particular day at the borders should not go scot free. They should be held accountable for the deaths of these young men,” said Gachagua.

MP Priscilla Nyokabi said legislation should be enacted to establish a victim’s kitty to be disbursed to bereaved families when a disaster occurs.

“We should form a non-gratia payment kitty,” said Nyokabi.

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