Please see the October 3, 2023, Order Paper at paragraph 12 extending the Ad Hoc Committee mandate until November 10, 2023.
The May 2022 judgments finalized rulings and judgments obtained in 2014.
August 30, 2023: Cabinet Secretary for Foreign and Diaspora Affairs Dr. Alfred Mutua told the Kenyan Senate Ad Hoc Committee on the Compensation to the Kenyan Victims of the 1998 Bombing of the United States of America Embassy in Nairobi that the Kenyan Government would "fast track" diplomatic efforts to secure long-delayed compensation for the Kenyan victims of the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi. In his social media statement, linked here, the Secretary wrote as follows:
"I have today appeared before the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on the compensation of the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombing Victims that is chaired by Senator Hon. Agnes Kavindu.
It was an emotional meeting as victims vividly narrated the events that followed after the bombing, the hardships and health complications they’ve had to suffer from as a result of the attack.
I acknowledged that the compensation of the victims is long overdue and that the Government will step up diplomatic efforts to ensure compensation for Kenyan victims of the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombing is fast tracked."
We are grateful to the Ad Hoc Committee for this extraordinary accomplishment and look forward to bringing this matter to its long-overdue conclusion.
Mr. Musolino speaks before the Kenyan Senate Ad Hoc Committee on the Compensation to the Kenyan Victims of the 1998 Bombing of the United States of America Embassy in Nairobi.
On June 29, 2023, the Kenyan Senate unanimously approved a bill offered by Senator Agnes Kavindu which expresses the support of the Kenyan Senate for a US bill drafted by Musolino & Dessel PLLC for the benefit of the Kenyan victims of the 1998 terrorist bombing of the US Embassy in Nairobi. The Kenyan bill creates an ad hoc committee to investigate and make recommendations in 90 days.
You can view the bill and the Senate docket here, and you can view a brief clip of the closing remarks of Senator Kavindu and the passage of the bill in the Kenyan Senate below.
In four dramatic days, US First Lady Jill Biden, Kenyan Senator Agnes Kavindu Muthama, and world-renowned Kenyan artists Caroline Muthoka and Joyce Omondi called attention to the plight of the innocent victims of the 1998 Embassy Bombing. On Thursday, February 23, 2023, Kenyan Senator Agnes Kavindu Muthama introduced in the Kenyan Senate a bill seeking support for the victims and for US legislation which will make all of the victims eligible to participate in the US Victims Compensation Fund. See the Motion and see also her oral motion in the Senate. On Friday, February 24, 2023, Caroline Muthoka, a world-renowned and award-winning gospel singer, activist, and survivor of the 1998 embassy bombing, said that Senator Agnes Kavindu Muthama actions are “emblematic of a Kenyan nation confident of its place on the international stage” On Saturday, February 25, 2023, US First Lady Jill Biden visited for the second time the August 7th Memorial Park. See US First Lady at the Memorial Park. On Sunday, February 26, 2023, Joyce Omondi, an award-winning Kenyan TV presenter and gospel artist, issued the following statement of support: "[a]lmost 25 years ago, on August 7, 1998, hundreds of Kenyans were killed, and thousands more were grievously injured in a terrorist attack on the American embassy in Nairobi. My beloved father, Godfrey, who was among the innocent injured, passed away in 2021 from major head injury complications sustained in the attack. I am grateful that the victims and their families have not been forgotten. I urge you to support the efforts of our American friends to secure legislation in the US Congress to include the victims and their families in the US Victims Compensation Fund. I hope we can accomplish this extraordinary goal by the 25th Commemoration on August 7, 2023, at the Memorial Park."
The firm was grateful for the opportunity to meet with Kenyan officials and prominent human rights activists during the December 2022 US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington.