BY SAM ALFAN.
The high court has directed the petition seeking compensation of Sh 25 billion from the government for Sinai fire victims be mentioned on 8 Friday 2014 to allow parties to make progress report on their negotiation.
Justice David Majanja allowed the application for adjournment to await the office of the attorney general to provide the progress made so far.
The AG had sought more time to look at the proposal by the Sinal fire victims who have staked a claim as compensation.
The compensation claim was filed by Nairobi senator Mike Sonko on behalf of the victims.
Sonko, wants the victims to get the amount as compensation from the County Council of Nairobi, and the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA),
Sonko asserts in his petition that residents of Fuata Nyayo, Mariguini, Mukuru Kaiyaba, Kisii village, Masaai village, Shimo la Tewa village, Hazina village, Lunga Lunga village, Donholm village and Sinai village were grossly affected by the fire outbreak.
According to the senator the fire ruined the people’s businesses, schools, health centres and other social amenities that have made it difficult for them to cope.
He argues that the respondents were negligent and they are to blame for the fire which was caused by an oil spill on September 12, 2011, leaving 75 people dead and others seriously wounded.