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Female MPs want kitty set up for families of terror attack victims

10 July 2015, 10:14 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Women Parliamentarians have asked the government to set up a special fund for widows and children of terror attack victims.

Over 17 women legislators under the banner of Caucus 47, bringing together all the 47 Women County Representatives, said the government should lessen the pain of families that have lost breadwinners in terror attacks through a well established compensation scheme.

The MPs led by Nyeri County MP, Priscilla Nyokabi cited a series of terror attacks that have occurred in the country including the Tuesday Mandera Al Shabaab raid that left 14 mine workers dead and over 10 with bullet injuries.

They demand the Devolution ministry, under which the department of gender falls, to take up the matter by setting up the fund dedicated to the growing number of orphans and widows as a result of militia attacks.  

“We call on the national government to provide assistance to the families that have been affected by recent killings especially the women and children who are the most vulnerable in this circumstance,” said Nyokabi.

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“For the past two years, we have witnessed deaths of innocent people in northern Kenya and we are surprised that no measures have been put in place to prevent these incidents or to protect the people of Kenya,” she added.

Meru County MP, Florence Kajuju said as female legislators, they equally share the pain women and children in the country go through upon losing their breadwinners.

“We are calling upon the security apparatus to ensure that we don’t lose any more Kenyans. The government should also rehabilitate victims of the attack,” said Kajuju.

Kirinyaga County MP, Winnie Njuguna said, “We are seeing women being left without husbands just like in the case of the illicit brews.”

Others in the press conference at Parlaiment Buildings were; Zuleikha Hassan (Nominated), Mishi Juma (Mombasa), Fatma Ibrahim (Wajir) and Maison Leshoomo (Samburu), Sally Otara (Kisii), Alice Chae (Nyamira), Eusilah Ngeny (Uasin Gishu), Annah Nyokabi (Kiambu), Tiya Galgalo (Isiolo) and Racheal Ameso (Kakamega).

The legislators spoke even as National Assembly Administration and National Security committee chair, Asman Kamama (Tiaty) asked security agencies to be on high alert ahead of the US President Barrack Obama’s visit in the country.

“We are aware that with Obama’s coming, the terrorists will be planning something just to embarrass the government. Between now and Obama’s visit, we need to tighten security and act on actionable intelligence so that we can deal with these terrorist elements,” said Kamama.

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