In Summary
  • The victims said they are yet to be compensated or get any counselling from the government.
  • Perhaps what captured the nation’s attention during the church attack was the image of Elizabeth Wangui Kimunya.
  • According to residents the dark day of January 1, 2008 changed Ms Kimunya life forever.

Residents of Kiambaa in Uasin Gishu County are yet to forget the chilling memories of the morning of January 1, 2008 when 28 people were burnt to death at the Assemblies of God Church Kiambaa.

This was at the height of the 2007-2008 post-election violence.

When the Nation team visited the area 11 years later, the residents said the memories of the fateful day are still fresh in their minds and called Kenyans to co-exist peacefully.

We found Rebecca Wanjiru, who lost her husband Samuel Kiungu, tending to her maize farm.

SCARS

“We are yet to recover from the scars of the incident. We are surprised to hear some politicians making reckless statements. During such problems, women and children suffer the most,” said Ms Wanjiru.

The post-election violence victims complained that despite the agony they underwent, they are yet to be compensated or get any counselling from the government.

“We’ve been left on our own as politicians whom we voted for go around the country making reckless statements,” said Veronica Wangui who was among IDPs who were forced to flee to Uganda at the height of the violence.

Ms Elizabeth Wangui Kimunya

Ms Elizabeth Kimunya wails outside the burning Assemblies of God Church in Kiambaa, Eldoret on January 1, 2008 at the height of the post-election violence. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

TRAUMATISED

Her nine-year-old grandson was hacked to death.

“Politicians should learn to accept outcome of elections. We are still traumatised to date for losing our loved ones,” added Ms Wangui.

Perhaps what captured the nation’s attention during the church attack was the image of Elizabeth Wangui Kimunya.

She died two weeks ago at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in what was described by doctors as tumours in her stomach and depression.

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