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    Lee Kinyanjui Loses Case Where His Car Ran Over Pedestrian

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  • Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has been ordered by the High Court to pay a pedestrian Ksh1 million as compensation for sustaining grave injuries in a road accident.

    Reports indicate that a vehicle owned by the governor hit Charles Mugi along the Nakuru-Nairobi highway on December 7, 2010.

    As a result, Mugi sustained permanent fractures on the right leg and sued Kinyanjui for damages and compensation in order to cater for medical expenses.

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    Justice Hilary Chemitei ruled that an award of Ksh1 million was appropriate as a result of the tragedy.

    An undated file image of a vehicle belonging to a governor.
    An undated file image of a vehicle belonging to a governor.
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    “Taking all the factors into consideration as well as the element of inflation, I find that an award of Ksh1 million would have been appropriate in the circumstances.

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    “This should be able to cover at least part of the future medical treatment,” Justice Chemitei stated.

    An initial court ruling had awarded the victim Ksh1.5 million in general damages and another Ksh28,250 as special damages in 2019.

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    Kinyanjui, who disputed the ruling, argued that the Ksh1.5 million meant for compensation was excessive according to the circumstances, saying the amount should not have gone above Ksh700,000. 

    On the other hand, Mugi supported the ruling affirming that the amount was proportional to the medical expenses he had incurred in the past years.

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    “The court has perused the injuries sustained by the respondent. It is not disputed that he sustained a fracture to his femur. The two medical reports by Dr. Kiamba and Dr. Malik are in agreement on the nature and the extent of the injuries.

    “Obviously the respondent went through a very painful healing process. It appears that at some point the wound had sepsis and fresh treatment had to be undertaken,” court documents noted.

    Chemitei, however, set aside the initial ruling and substituted it with an award of general damages of Ksh 1million. The award on special damages still remained at Ksh28,250.

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