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Government accused of neglecting Mandera terrorism survivors

26 March 2016, 20:41 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - The survivors and widows of Mandera terror attacks have accused the Jubilee government of neglecting them.

While speaking at Chaka grounds in Kieni Constituency, Nyeri County, the group lamented that after the deadly attacks, representatives from State House and those from Mandera County government visited them and promised to cater for their needs.

John Muriuki, a survivor from the third attack at Soko Mbuzi village in Mandera County, said that President Kenyatta, area MP Kanini Kega and other top government dignitaries visited them at Kenyatta National Hospital where they promised to support them.

Muriuki was shot by the Al shabaab militia on the left arm when they were attacked at their residential house.

He said that after the attack, he was airlifted to Kenyatta National Hospital where President Kenyatta vowed to support him.

“I was admitted at the hospital for three months. They promised to support us but they have not fulfilled their promise. I am afraid because a representative from the President and Mandera Chief of Staff visited my homestead,” he said.

The survivor claimed that the government has neglected him and has not facilitated for his medical expenses, adding that his arm might be amputated.

Margret Njeri, a widow from Kiricho village in Nyeri Central, said that she lost his husband Gilbert Mwangi during the 2015 terror attack.

Njeri said that the government promised to cater for their children’s education and allocate them jobs so as to sustain their lifestyle.

“Our husbands perished yet they were sole breadwinners. Our children are at home due to lack of school fees and we are requesting the government to intervene and salvage us from poverty,” said Njeri.

Njeri said that they have tried to liaise with respective government officials but in vain.

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