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Bomb blast victims ask govt to help them get aid

08 August 2014, 08:09

Nairobi - Victims of the August 7, 1998 bomb blast marked their 16th anniversary at Nairobi’s memorial park on Thursday, with calls of aid from both Kenyan and American governments.

Speaking at the function, George Ngige Njoroge, the victims chairman said they feel neglected by the Kenyan government as they have written many letters to the office of the president requesting that their issues be sorted but nothing is forthcoming.

According to him, the American government is willing to work with the Kenyan government but not individuals, a reason why they want the assistance. He said that they have shared all the necessary documents that can enable the Kenyan government to process their money but its response is slow, something that have left them continue languishing in poverty.

“Today as we mourn those who died, we must also remember those who were hurt and injured, and the hundreds of children and families who have suffered and endured so much,” said Njoroge.

He said the terrorist’s initial target was the USA civilians and the many Kenyan people who perished, perished on behalf of the United States and urged USA to compensate the survivors as the American Embassy employees were compensated.

 He appealed to the American government to sell the frozen assets belonging to Al Qaeda and its proceeds be used to pay them.

However, Njoroge noted that the terrorist’s intention was to try and worsen Kenya and America’s relationship but they failed. “Terrorists wanted to drive a wedge between Kenyans and Americans and to destroy a friendship of great importance to both countries but they failed,” added Njoroge.

Joseph Kaguthi urged the NGO’s, if need be, to assist the victims acquire good lawyers who can enable them pursue the matter to the courts and make sure that justice is done.

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