Sonko weeps in court in support for Sinai Fire victims
12 March 2014, 20:43
Nairobi - A video which graphically portrayed the aftermath of the 2011 Sinai fire caused a case in which the victims and families are demanding compensation to be postponed.
The video, caused the case in which the victims are demanding compensation of upto KES 25 billion from the Kenya Pipeline Company KPC and former Nairobi City Council NCC to be postponed.
Justice David Majanja postponed the case to April 14, 2014 to allow the families and victims as well as the court to take in the evidence.
" I advise that the case be postponed to April 14 so that we can all absorb the evidence which is in its own way unique and appear here with sober minds, he said.
The video caused the victims and families as well as Nairobi Senator Gideon Mbuvi alias Mike Sonko to weep and disrupt court proceedings.
The victims want the two aforementioned companies charged for negligence regarding the location and upkeep of the fateful pipeline that exploded and killed hundreds of people.
" It is evident through the video that there was a huge tragedy and we want action taken on the responsible individuals, he said.
Kenya Pipeline and the Nairobi City Council have not been charged to this day over the matter even though it was their responsibility to take care of the line.
" It is sad that to this day we still fight battles that are obvious and where the atrocities are clear, Sonko added.
Mohammed Jafar, who lost his three brothers in the incident said that he hoped there would be a quick resolution to the case.
" We need a quick resolution to this case so that the souls of our departed brothers and sisters can finally rest in peace, he said.
The case has dragged on for years, with KPC and NCC accused of using delaying tactics to stall the case and deny victims their rightful compensation.
According to the Pamoja Trust, which handles most of the victims and families, most survivors suffer from skin ailments and the loss of lively-hood for some has had a stinging effect on their lives.
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