Sh200m targeted for Kenya fire victims

February 14, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 14 – The Nakumatt and Molo Fire Victims Fund Management Committee hopes to raise between Sh150-200 million for the victims of the two infernos that killed over 140 people and hospitalized 150 others.

Minister of State for Special Programmes Naomi Shabaan said at the committee’s launch that the fund would do everything to ensure that the victims of the fires and their families are adequately taken care of in the aftermath of their traumatic experience.

“The objective of the fund is to provide assistance in the payment of medical bills and associated humanitarian assistance,” said Dr Shabaan.

The committee is led by industrialist Naushad Merali, Kenya Commercial Bank chief executive Martin Oduor Otieno, Peter Kihara, Bethuel Kiplagat and Eddah Lusigi.

 Mr Merali, the chair of the panel, said the committee would focus on mobilizing funds from the ordinary Kenyans and donor agencies.

“The proceeds of the funds will be utilized to provide medical treatment and associated humanitarian relief and will include skin grafting, reconstruction and plastic surgery, psychological trauma and transition to productive life and recuperation,” said Mr Merali who was flanked by the rest of the committee.

President Mwai Kibaki will on February 19th lead the nation in prayers and fundraising for the fire victims at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre from 11 a.m.

A Safaricom M-PESA account no.111222 has also been set up and a Zain Zap and bank account are due to be announced soon.

Nakumatt Downtown which was located in the heart of Nairobi’s Central Business District was razed to the ground on January 28th killing 29 people.

The Sachang’wan blaze in Molo killed 125 people after an oil tanker which had rolled burst into flames as local residents were trying to siphon fuel.


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