The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Family Seeks Compensation After Mum Killed in Accident

The family of a deceased mother of two is seeking compensation after their kin was killed in an accident two months ago.

The late Joy Nangila Wakoli, 23, was hit by a speeding mini-bus along the Ukunda Diani road near Palm Beach Hospital in Ukunda on October 24 last year.

Wakoli was escorting her two 5-year-old twins to school when the fatal accident occurred. She died on the spot along with one of the twins. The bus that hit her belonged to Kinondo Kwetu Beach Resort in Ukunda.

In an email sent to newsrooms, the family said they blame Wakoli's death on drunk driving. They said they were getting frustrated by the compensation process saying management at Kinondo Kwetu refuse to acknowledge nor hear their plea.

However the hotel management through their lawyer Tom Nduku said the law took its due process hence the family should seek compensation with the insurance company.

"Nobody is frustrating them. Police took action and the driver was charged in court. The hotel even footed some of the bills which is even a humanitarian ground and not a statutory requirement.

The matter has gone through a court process," said Nduku. Msambweni OCPD Jack Ekakoro urged the family to seek advice from the Diani police station on the case.

An officer at the station who spoke on anonymity since he is not authorized to speak to the press said there have been internal wrangles between family members on who is to process the compensation.

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