Bad governance: Tax-payers bear brunt of State backed torture

Veteran politician Kenneth Matiba as he toured the Kenneth Matiba Eye and Dental Hospital at Kenol town in Murang'a after the official opening on May 19, 2016. Mr Matiba was awarded Sh945 million following years of state torture in 1990s. Tax payers continue to bear the brunt of bad governance as more Kenyans run to courts seeking compensation from state-barked torture. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Businessman-cum-politician Kenneth Matiba was the latest in a swelling list of litigants to be compensated as a result of wrongs done mostly during the Kanu era.

  • Records show that as many as 400 people have brought cases to the courts involving abuse of their rights.

  • And if reports of rights abuses as police quelled recent protests are anything to go by, Kenyans will continue to pay for the criminal behaviour of the law enforcers.

Scores of Kenyans have gone to court and successfully petitioned to be compensated for torture by State officials that is costing the taxpayer hundreds of millions of shillings.

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