VP: Govt to fund burial of church group women
- Group died after an accident involving their two buses in Tanga, Tanzania last Friday.
- President Kibaki ordered evacuation of the injured to Nairobi for specialised treatment.
The government has set aside Sh800,000 to meet the funeral expenses of 12 church group women who died in a road accident last Friday.
Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka also said the government will also explore ways of helping the bereaved families during a funeral service of the 12 Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) Thika Women's Guild Wednesday.
The group died after an accident involving their two buses in Tanga, Tanzania. The 84 Happy Valley parish church members were headed to a retreat in Dar es Salaam.
President Kibaki, in a condolence message read on his behalf by the VP, said death had robbed the nation of women, who had dedicated themselves to serving God and the country.
"I received the sad news of the deaths of the women with profound shock and sympathies. I send you this message of condolence and encouragement during this hard moment," said the President.
Mr Musyoka said the deaths were a big blow not only to the families but to the country at large, urging the bereaved families to commit themselves to God during this difficult moment.
He said the evacuation of the injured victims from Tanga using helicopters helped save lives.
Justice minister Eugene Wamalwa emphasised the need for more women representation in the country as enshrined in the new Constitution.
He regretted that women representation in the Kenya’s Parliament was negligible compared to countries like Rwanda, South Africa and Uganda.
Present were ministers Beth Mugo (Public Health and Sanitation), Esther Murugi (Special Programmes), assistant ministers Peter Kenneth (Planning), Ferdinand Waititu (Water and Irrigation) and MPs William Kabogo (Juja), Jeremiah Kioni (Ndaragwa), Silas Muriungi (Imenti North), among others.