Par­ents of five chil­dren killed in Ka­ji­ado ex­plo­sion in 2011 awarded Sh11.2 mil­lion

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

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.

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