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The ‘face’ of 2007 post-election violence passes on

One of the key witnesses in the Kiambaa church that was burnt during the 2007 post-election has died.

The 83-year-old, Elizabeth Wangui, died on Saturday while receiving treatment at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.

Wangui is reported to have gone into trauma and depression after witnessing the burning of the church.

Kenya Assemblies of God Pentecostal Church was reduced to ashes in 2008 killing about 40 people who had hidden there due to the post-election violence.

“My aunt had been raped by the youths and her son was burning inside a church. Things would never be the same again for her. She started developing high blood pressure, depression and suddenly became mad, often losing memory,” Wangui’s nephew, Philip Gakuha told Standard Digital.

Wangoi’s house was also burnt by unknown people so she was taken to an Internally Displaced People (IDP) camp. However, after some time she returned to her land and begun life from scratch. But the journey proved to be hard because she had lost everything.

“She had been promised Sh400,000 as compensation for the losses. We went to Nairobi three times to seek for the compensation but no one was willing to listen to us,” Gakuha said.

The deceased incurred a bill of Ksh240,000 which is yet to be cleared.

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