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No compensation for Garissa violence victims

Saturday November 24 2012

By CHARLES MWANIKI [email protected]

Special Programmes minister Esther Murugi on Saturday said there was no money to compensate victims of the recent violence in Garissa.

Responding to instructions by Prime Minister Raila Odinga that her ministry evaluates the extent of the losses in Garissa to facilitate compensation, Ms Murugi said that the government does not compensate those who incur losses during riots.

She dismissed the PM’s instructions, saying they were issued informally at a baraza, adding that her ministry does not usually receive instructions from rallies.

“My ministry received Sh84.5 million for emergencies and, out of this amount, some Sh40 million has already been spent,” she said.

The minister added that in the event the Cabinet approves compensation, the amount of money in the emergency fund would not be sufficient to pay those who suffered losses in Garissa, hence there would be a need for more funds.

She spoke after registering as a voter at Kiamuiru Primary School in Nyeri town constituency.