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BY KORIR JUMA/CORRESPONDENT,2ND NOV 2017– Politicians from Migori county and the larger Nyanza have criticized Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko’s decision to clear medical bills for those who were injured during Anti-IEBC demos in Migori .
The five patients who had been detained at St Joseph Ombo Mission Hospital for failure to clear medical bills have been released after Sonko paid close to Sh270, 000 in arrears .
The five sustained serious gunshot wounds and soft tissue injuries from beatings by police in chaos that broke out after the repeat presidential poll last Friday.
WWW.UPESINEWS.CO.KE has established that the move did not go down well with across section of political leaders from the region with Uriri MP Mark Nyamita dismissing Mr Sonko’s assistance, terming it an “insult” to the victims.
“I have information that Jubilee through Nairobi Governor Sonko is dishing out money to hospitals in Nyanza where our people are recuperating from ostensibly to cater for their bills of the victims of jubilee-sanctioned police brutality,” said Mr Nyamita.
“We are telling Sonko to keep his blood-stained money to himself. Let him use the money to pay Nairobi county employees who have gone for months without pay or better still use it to clean the city, which is chocking under garbage, or he can equally use it to buy good manners.”
During the protests, one person was killed after he was shot in Oruba, within Migori town.
The hospital bill was accumulating and the patients could not settle it when they appealed for help— prompting the Nairobi governor to come to their rescue.
The hospital administration had detained the patients as they were unable to clear the bills.
A total of Sh263,341 was settled through Sonko Rescue Team, which heard the victims’ pleas through media reports.
It is also reported that the victims were also given Sh10,000 each apart from the paid bills.
However the move seems to have gone down well with beneficiaries who have thanked Sonko.Addressing the press at Ombo Hospital On Thursday after the bill was settled, Mr David Ouma Okong’o thanked Sonko for coming to their rescue.
“We are grateful to Sonko for settling our bill as we can now get out and start our normal lives,” Okong’o said.
Mr Jacob Odhiambo Owuor said he was glad that they were going to resume his normal life though he was still in pain.
According to hospital administrators, Mr Bernard Ojwang’ owed them Sh57,000, Mr David Okong’o Sh82,805 and Mr Collins Ochieng’ Sh57,235.
Mr Jacob Odhiambo and Mr Harrison Ochieng’ owed Sh 44,901 and Sh 11,120, respectively.
Ford-Kenya Migori branch chairman Samuel Migore blamed Migori leaders for their laxity in rescuing the victims.
“Migori politicians are a big let-down to the people. Many people are nursing bullet wounds and bills are accumulating yet no one seems to care. County leaders should stand out and be counted,” said Mr Migore.
He said the residents fought for the National Super Alliance (Nasa) in streets but the leaders were nowhere when they needed their help.
This is the second time Sonko was paying bills for Such victims in the area.