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Solai dam victims seek compensation

Perry Mansukh
Managing Director of the Patel Coffee Estates, Perry Mansukh. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE 

Victims of the Solai dam tragedy which killed 47 people have sued for compensation.

In the petition, which High Court judge Rose Ougo certified as urgent, the plaintiffs say various State departments infringed on their constitutional rights through failure to ensure their safety.

The victims and their dependents want the court to direct that they be provided with shelter, medical treatment, food and other basic necessities.

They asked the court to compel proprietors of the dam to provide them with temporary classrooms for hundreds of their children whose schools were destroyed when the walls of the dam collapsed.

“The petitioners' children’s education has been interrupted as their schools were ravaged by floods arising from the collapse of Milmet Dam owned, controlled and managed by the Solai Group of Companies,” their lawyers told the court.

The suit names Perry Patel Mansukhlal Kansagra, Solai Group of Companies, Kensalt Limited, Patel Coffee Estate Limited, Vinoj Jaya Kumar, Water Resources Authority, National Enviroment Management Authority, National Construction Authority, and the Attorney-General as defendants.

“There have been instances of intimidation and coercion by the defendants compelling victims of the dam tragedy to accept monetary payments dubbed as waivers to future claims in the matter,” Godfrey Onyango, the chairman of the Justice and Enviroment Foundation which is behind the suit said.

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