Critics have fallen on the second man in command to what they say is giving empty promises and politicking at wrong times after he failed in paying the bills for terror attack victims as he had promised during his visit to the victims at different hospitals.
Emmanuel Omalla was one of the victims who survived the DusitD2 Hotel terror attack – He was shot seven times on his stomach, back and foot after which he pretended to be dead – He was rescued moments later and rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital – DP Ruto promised to take care of his hospital bill together with other victims – Omollo was, however, detained for 10 days after discharge when Ruto failed to keep his promise.
A majority of Kenyans seem to have moved on since the al-Shabaab militants descended on DusitD2 Hotel at 14 Riverside in Westlands, Nairobi, killing 21 people on the spot, but the same cannot be said about the victims of the terror strike. Emmanuel Omalla, one of the victims who sustained injuries during the January 15, 2019, DusitD2 assault, has not been able to move on with his life.
The acts of valour and patriotism that helped Kenyans conquer terrorists Reports emerged on Monday, February 11, indicating Omalla who narrowly survived the terror strike after he was shot seven times on the stomach, back and foot and left to die, was detained at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) for 10 days after discharge because of a huge bill and after the government failed to keep its promise.
According to Omalla who works as a delivery person, Deputy President William Ruto came to see them during which he said the government would shoulder the burden of paying hospital bills. Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Sicily Kariuki and her Education counterpart Amina Mohamed also showed up at the hospital a day after Ruto left and gave assurance the government would foot the medical bills.
I understands Omalla’a bill at KNH had accumulated to over KSh 100,000, way beyond what his family could raise. He was only discharged from the hospital after he reportedly reached an agreement with KNH to pay KSh 3,000 every month until the bill is settled. Interestingly, KNH and other hospitals had also allegedly agreed to pay bills for the victims who did not have insurance, but clearly that never happened.
Omalla was one of the 28 victims of the 14 Riverside terror strike who suffered injuries but were rescued and admitted to various hospitals in Nairobi. President Uhuru Kenyatta on January 16, 2019, confirmed all the terrorists who laid siege to the DusitD2 complex were eliminated. Uhuru said more than 700 civilians were safely evacuated from the seven-storey building. The president and several other leaders commended the multi-agency security team for promptly neutralising all the criminals. The 21 deceased victims of the attack have since been buried.
Nairobi senator Johnson Sakaja paid his bill after his story was aired on citizen television.