SEEKING MONEY FROM WELL-WISHERS

Gem MP tells politicians not to take advantage of tanker tragedy

The MP asked the government to speed up DNA tests to identify the bodies that were burnt beyond recognition.

In Summary

• The MP claimed that some politicians are using the accident to get funds from well-wishers and issuing conflicting information on the incident.

• The MP wondered how a politician can claim to have donated insulin to the victim, yet they are not suffering from diabetes but burns.

Gem MP Elisha Odhiambo and Siaya Senator James Orengo in Gem on Tuesday
Gem MP Elisha Odhiambo and Siaya Senator James Orengo in Gem on Tuesday
Image: Lameck Baraza

Gem MP Elisha Odhiambo has warned politicians against using the Malanga tanker tragedy for their own selfish gain.

He said politicians are not authorised to give information on the accident that claimed the lives of 17 people after a petrol tanker burst into flames on Saturday night.

The MP claimed that some politicians are using the accident to get funds from well-wishers and issuing conflicting information on the incident.

“Some of them have gone overboard by collecting money from well-wishers and lying that they are coming to help the victims while they are keeping the money in their houses,” Odhiambo said.

Odhiambo spoke to the victims on Tuesday at Mutumbu chief’s camp.

The MP wondered how a politician can claim to have donated insulin to the victim, yet they are not suffering from diabetes but burns.

“You donate antibiotics, painkillers and syringes to victims and not insulin,” he added.

Odhiambo gave the victims Sh10,000 and promised to provide coffins to bury the 17.

The MP asked the government to speed up DNA tests to identify the bodies that were burnt beyond recognition.

Edited by A.N