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Sachang’wan victims decry neglect (3rd Anniversary)

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Emotions ran high during the third anniversary of the Sachang’wan fuel tanker tragedy as survivors and families of the victims accused the Government of neglect.The families accused Government of failure to uphold the promise to assist them and construct a school for children of victims who perished in the tragedy.Government officials skipped the event held at the monument erected at the scene of the tragedy where more than 200 people died.

Molo Administration Police Commandant John Murage led officers in laying wreaths at the memorial site in remembrance of colleagues who died. A sombre mood engulfed the area as residents recalled how they lost their loved ones.Ms Naomi Ndung’u, who lost four family members, said leaders and Government officials who visited the area after the incident made promises, which they have failed to honour."When the tragedy happened the high and mighty visited this area and made numerous promises. It’s unfortunate that those promises were not kept and most of the survivors and families of the victims are suffering," she said.

Waithera said instead of erecting the monument that cost millions of shillings, the Government should have constructed a school for children who were orphaned by the tragedy.esidents claimed that there was no school nearby. They urged Kenyans to change their perception of Sachang’wany, saying they have suffered stigma since the tragedy occurred. Area Councillor Paul Tessot appealed to the Government to put up toilets in memorial park.

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