Reports have emerged that the remains of the Fly SAX victims were sneaked to Nairobi’s Lee Funeral Home, in a bid to thwart plans by more than 300 youths who had sworn to block the bodies from being transported before they were ‘appreciated’.
The youths who claim to have helped in the rescue mission argued that they have not been ‘paid’, even after abandoning their jobs to give a helping hand.
They attempted to block vehicles that had been lined up to ferry the remains until they are ‘appreciated’.
Chanting and dancing to Kikuyu war songs, the protesters blocked the road connecting the Kinangop deputy county commissioner’s office and the Njabini-Nairobi highway demanding to be paid.
However, it emerged that the volunteers who took part in the mission had their names recorded by the officers in charge of the operation, and they would be rewarded by receiving a training in safety and rescue missions.
They will be trained by the military, Kenya Police and Kenya Red Cross.
“We are proud of the young men who volunteered to assist in the mission. Their actions cannot go unrecognised,” said the National Disaster Management Unit deputy director Pius Masai.
“We have the list and we are going to reward them with basic safety and rescue skills. They did a very good job, we appreciate their sacrifice.”
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