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State told to pay medical bills for banditry victims

Winstone Chiseremi @Wchiseremi

Victims of banditry and cattle rustling admitted to various public and private hospitals in Elgeyo Marakwet and Uasin Gishu counties have incurred medical bills running to Sh5 million since last month.

Local leaders are now appealing for government intervention in settling the arrears even as the victims recuperate at various hospitals including Iten County Referral Hospital, Kapsowar Mission Hospital, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital and St Luke Hospital in Uasin Gishu.

Speaking in Kapsowar town, Marakwet East MP Bowen Kangogo said the government should shoulder the medical bills load for failing to provide security.

“We have more than 30 people including children who have been admitted to various public and private health facilities and while some have recovered, they cannot be released because of pending medical bills,” he said.

His Marakwet West counterpart William Kisang faulted the State for failing in its duty to secure the lives and property of its citizens living on the volatile border of Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot.

The lawmakers asked the government to ensure all the stolen animals are recovered and returned to their owners to enable them to resume their normal lives.

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