BY JOHN WERU,NAIROBI,16TH AUG 2017-Veteran politician who played a major role in realization of Multi-Party democracy in early 1990s Kenneth Njindo Matiba will now be awarded over Ksh 504 million for illegal detention he was subjected to in the year 1991.
High Court Judge, Chacha Mwita on Wednesday 16th Aug, ruled that Matiba’s rights were violated by the state during the retired president Daniel Moi presidency.
He was awarded over Ksh 18 million as medical expenses, over Ksh 471 million as compensation for financial losses occasioned to him through the collapse of his businesses and financial ventures he was also awarded over Ksh 15 million as damages for the said violations.
He claimed that while in detention in 1991, he slept on the floor for long periods before he was eventually provided with a mattress.
Arguments that Prison warder Joshua Yuma dismissed saying that Matiba was given a bed while other prisoners slept on the floor.
Yuma was among the witnesses called by the state in its defence against claims of torturing Matiba in detention.
Matiba had sued the state over the alleged torture and he was seeking Ksh 12 billion compensation, saying he lost investment running into billions of shillings.