How officials used IDPs’ names to siphon Sh200m meant for victims

By Karanja Njoroge and Kenan Miruka

Government officials allegedly used names of genuine IDPs to misuse more than Sh200 million.

The money was to resettle victims of post-election violence, but ended up in the pockets of corrupt officials.

Although the IDPs have not received the money, documents by Government officials indicate some were paid.

IDPs who spoke to The Standard on Monday, said some Government officials used various excuses to deny them the money.

"Some were told their names were missing, while others were told they did not have genuine documents," said Mr Paul Thiong’o, chairman of the Nakuru Pipeline IDP camp.

More than 500 IDPs at the camp are yet to receive their money even as investigation on how the funds were misappropriated, continue.

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"Some were shocked when they were shown documents and signatures besides their names which indicated they had received the money," Thiong’o added.

Ministry’s word

He said after they took up the matter with senior officials from the Ministry of Special Programmes they were assured the IDPs would be paid.

"But up to today, they have not been paid and are still suffering in camps," he added. The details emerged as anxiety continue to grip the Provincial Administration in the Rift Valley, following investigation into alleged misuse of IDPs’ funds.

Elsewhere, more than 400 IDPs integrated in communities in Gucha South District have protested against delay by the Government to release their compensation.

Led by their Chairman George Omoro, they accused the Government of ignoring their plight.

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