Twenty-two years after they fell victim to a terror attack on the US Embassy in Nairobi, thousands of Kenyans and families of the dead and wounded are still crying for justice. While American victims and their families have been compensated, Kenyans have not.
Kituo Cha Sheria and victims filed a suit demanding compensation, a declaration of government responsibility and failure to uphold international humanitarian law, among others More than 200 people were killed and about 4,000 injured in the 2,00kg truck bomb blast.
A bomb also went off simultaneously at the US Embassy at Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.The state hasn’t helped them. The attack has impacted their lives forever. While some lost their loved ones, others were permanently disabled, yet others carry emotional and psychological scars. However, their hope for justice is renewed after Kituo Cha Sheria offered to help them file a class action suit against the state.
On August 7, 1998, at approximately 10.30am, al Qaeda detonated a massive truck bomb in the rear parking area, near the ramp to the basement garage of the embassy. A total of 213 people were killed, of whom 44 were embassy employees (12 Americans and 32 Foreign Service National employees). Ten Americans and 11 Foreign Service Nationa employees were seriously injured.
An estimated 200 Kenyan civilians were killed and 4,000 were injured by the blast in the vicinity of the embassy. On May 18, 2020, the US Supreme Court ruled victims of the bombings and their family members were entitled to Sh465.9 billion in punitive damages. That’s part of what had been awarded against the Republic Sudan for assisting terrorist operatives.
Kituo Cha Sheria on behalf of the victims seeks a declaration government compromised or violated rights to life, security of person and the legitimate expectations of petitioners and estates under Constitution Sections 26 and 29.
KITUO wants the Attorney General, within six months of the judgment, to report on steps taken to:
1) file an international jurisdiction case for compensation of all victims and their families against the Republics of Sudan and Iran and or steps taken;
2) obtain compensation from al Qaeda assets and BNP Paribas SA that provided material support to Sudan;
3) seek an acknowledgment of responsibility from Sudan and Iran;
4) seek victims’ compensation.
Kituo represents the victims pro bono as they are poor and needy