BY SAM ALFAN.
Attempt by government to settle out of court the Sh 25 billion for Sinai fire victims has collapsed and the matter will proceed to full hearing and determination.
Justuce David Majanja was by state counsel Paul Ojwang that the office of the attorney general has tried tio bring on board the Kenya Pipeline company, but it has refused to respond to the request
Mr Ojwang said that the state corporation which was initially in the matter has kept cool and sought the court’s direction.
Justice Majanja said the case which is partly heard will proceed to full hearing and determination made by the court, he ordered matter be mentioned on 27 August for directions as to the hearing.
The AG had sought more time to look at the proposal by the SinaI fire victims who have staked a claim for 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