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Families of slain students to receive KES 100K compensation

07 April 2015, 15:57 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Bereaved families of Garissa University terror attack victims are preparing to start picking bodies of their loved ones for funeral arrangements across the country.

The government’s move to conduct post-mortem exams on all 144 bodies at Chiromo Mortuary on Monday facilitated easier positive identification of bodies by relatives who are then allowed to take them for burial.

Initially, it was difficult for bereaved families to identify bodies of their children because they were extremely disfigured as a result of grenades’ explosive effects while others were already decomposing due to temperature variations between extremely hot Garissa and fairly good Nairobi weather.

The difficulty in identifying the bodies especially on weekend caused delay and unease by saddened and angered families who camped at the mortuary to a point of confronting the morgue attendants.

Read Also: Family mourn death of only child killed in Garissa attack

However, the Health Cabinet Secretary, James Macharia said the adoption of the post-mortem exams and fingerprint technology to identify the bodies as from Sunday evening has helped families to quickly recognize and identify over 100 bodies so far.

Macharia had promised that his ministry and the Kenya Red Cross would support each family by making standard coffins, providing transport to burial site and paying mortuary expenses.

The Education Principal Secretary, Belio Kipsang also announced on Monday that his ministry and Moi University which is the parent varsity of Garissa University College, will compensate each victim’s family with KES 100 000.

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