The aircraft manufacturer Boeing has started receiving applications from families of victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash, a crash which happened in the month of March 2019.
According to BBC reports, the applications should be made before 2020 and each family will be entitled to $144,500 (Sh15 million), and the money comes from a $50 million financial assistance fund, which was announced by Boeing in July.
Some of the affected families who have lawyers representing them have rejected the offer but, according to Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata, whose law firm is representing 15 Kenyan families, the Boeing “gift” is welcome.
Mr Kang’ata explained that:
“The gift from Boeing is welcome as long as it does not have strings attached to it, therefore, Boeing should not use the gift as a ploy to influence the jury.”
Lawyers opposed to the move told the BBC that the amount is too small. According to Nomaan Husain, a Texas-based attorney who is representing some of the victim’s families:
“$144,000 doesn’t come close to compensating any of our families or any of the families.”
In a press briefing that took place in July, Mr Kang’ata and lawyer Stephen Gachie, said the families they represented had rejected an out-of-court settlement from Boeing.