A year of failed promises for Westgate businessmen
21 September 2014, 10:03
Nairobi - The Westgate Mall attack took place a year ago today and there are many, victims and families aside that have nothing to reflect on during the first anniversary.
Business owners especially have bore the brunt of the attack, which left the building and property worth billions destroyed.
Many are yet to receive compensation for the damage caused and this being a year on, feel that hope of getting help from the government is fading away.
The big establishments aside, most of the smaller shops did not have insurance on terror related risks and have thus had to depend fully on personal savings, help from family and friends to try start their lives afresh.
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Others with bank loans are in even deeper trouble, having failed to repay their loans due to lack of business.
And with a committee led by Governor Evans Kidero, mandated to get the businesses up and running again failing to show progress, frustration is the name of the game for the businessmen.
" It has been really frustrating, Agnes Aruo ", a boutique owner at the mall says.
" Thus far we have co-operated with everything the committee asked of us and we feel let down because there seems to be no progress at all, which is maddening because they know the extent of loss business owners suffered here ", she says.
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Beauty shop owner Joyce Mwangi also has the same complaint.
" We have not been granted much help in all honesty and that is sad. We have done all we can to help the committee formed to get going but it has been painful progress ", she says of her situation.
For now though, the hope is that with the first anniversary of the attacks taking a high profile, their views and concerns will be heard.
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