PEV victim succumbs to cancer while waiting for compensation – VIDEO
A sixty-year old man whose hand was chopped off at the height of 2007-2008 post-election violence was buried on Thursday.
Joseph Kairuri’s hand was chopped off during an attack in Kiambaa, Eldoret, while trying to protect women and children who had sought refuge at the Kenya Assemblies of God (KAG) Church.
The Kiambaa Church was the flash-point of the violence where more than 35 people who had sought refuge in it were set ablaze by raiders.
Mr Kairuri’s injured hand later developed blood cancer that eventually killed him. He died while receiving treatment at Racecourse Hospital in Eldoret.
He was still waiting for compensation for victims promised by the government.
The government had proposed to set aside Sh10 billion in a compensation plan for people displaced during the violence.
During the funeral on Thursday, local leaders called for reconciliation among communities and urged the government to compensate all victims of the post-election violence.
“There is no need of leaders going round and making promises yet there is someone who was hurt and has not received compensation. So after the Nakuru rally, let them put everything aside and start compensating the victims of post-election violence,” said Oscar Sudi, MP Kapseret.