Relatives of survivors and those who perished in the Sachangwan fuel tanker explosion in Molo eight years ago have accused the government of neglecting them.
Speaking during a prayer service in commemoration of the incident at the Sachangwan tragedy memorial site yesterday, the relatives said that apart from Shs 50,000 that was given to them by the government after the incident, they have never been accorded any other help.
An oil spill ignition occurred in Molo, on January 31, 2009 and resulted in the deaths of at least 113 people and critical injuries to over 200 more.
The incident occurred when an oil spill from an overturned truck burst into flames as onlookers attempted to obtain remnants of the spilled fuel for personal use.
Rescuers suggested the cause to be static electricity, an accidentally-discarded cigarette, or an individual angered at a police blockade who sought vengeance.
Lucy Wangui Mwathi who lost two relatives said that she was left with six children to take care of but the she is now un able to cater for their needs.
Hannah Wanjiku Mirara lost four relatives and claims the government has not assisted then in any way .
She said that the government should consider compensating them for the loss of their loved ones.
But Nakuru deputy governor Joseph Rutto who attended the function said that the county government of Nakuru will put sheds and a modern toilet in Sachangwan in order to assist families of those who were affected run small businesses.
He said that as a county government, they have long term plans to will buy a shamba next to the memorial site where they will build kiosks for the affected families.
He blamed road management agencies for erecting bumps without marking them claiming they pose more danger to motorists along Kibunja- Sachangwan route.
The national government has also announced plans to set up a trauma centre in Salgaa which is a notorious black spot along – Eldoret- Nairobi highway.
Former NACADA chairman John Mututho said that the accident occurred due to poverty adding that if those who perished had been empowered economically they could not have rushed to the accident scene to siphon fuel.