Parents of five children killed in Kajiado explosion in 2011 awarded Sh11.2 million
The parents who lost five children in an explosion as they played near a military training ground in Kajiado county five years ago have been awarded Sh11.2 million compensation. Justice Mbogholi Msagha said the state was liable for the deaths of Elijah Panai, 8, Isaiya Sunkuya, 6, Boniface Meisanka, 5, Stephen Letuya, 7, and Joel Sintamei, 5. The children were relatives and two siblings. They picked up 40mm mortar bomb in Olmararoi village and started playing with it. Their parents sued the Defence ministry and the Attorney General for negligence in the May 8, 2011, accident. They told the court they have suffered depression and trauma following their children’s deaths. The parents accused the ministry of failing to secure the training grounds, exposing the munitions and explosives to their children. “It would be absurd for the court to assume that a bomb, which exploded a few kilometres from the ministry’s training ground, belonged to any other entity, when there is every indication that it must have been left there after training,” Mbogholi said.