I’m ❌Not Aware of ‘Forced Compensation Claims’ for Solai Victims🔊: Matiang’i👔

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The government has said it is not aware that some officials are forcing victims of the Solai Dam tragedy to sign indemnity forms. Interior CS Fred Matiang'i, however, promised to investigate the matter within 30 days. Matiang’i said the government has no outlined plan to compensate the victims as it is not liable for damages caused.

“We are not aware of any payouts done but am requesting that this committee give us time so that we can conduct an investigation into the matter before tabling the report before you,” Matiang’i told the Senate committee probing the tragedy on Monday morning. Appearing before the ad-hoc committee chaired by Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo on July 18, the owner of the dam Perry Mansukh confirmed that he gave out Sh35 million as a consolation to the victims.

Some of the victims told the committee that the payment of the alleged compensation was being facilitated by officers of the national government led by the county commissioner. "I am not aware of any collusion between national government officials and the dam owner," Matiang'i said. According to the committee, the victims were paid Sh1 million for a life lost, Sh200,000 for loss of a semi-permanent structure and Sh1 million for a permanent structure lost. The CS was hard pressed by the committee to explain his position on the compensation claims.

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