Government to resettle all remaining IDPs by Monday
SEE ALSO :On leadership, women should change tactMr Ruto said the Government did not expect to see any camp anywhere since all those who were affected had been paid. He was accompanied by Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri, Principal Secretary Josephta Mukobe, National Land Commission chairman Mohammed Swazuri, members of the task force appointed to coordinate resettlement of IDPs led by chairman Adan Wachu and representatives of those in the eight camps that were remaining. Said Mr. Ruto: “From tomorrow (Friday), this money will be available in the IDPs’ bank accounts and we expect that by Monday no one will be remaining in the camps and they will all be closed.” The Deputy President instructed the Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning to find mechanisms for arbitration on four farms that have been purchased for resettlement programme. “I am also asking the Attorney General to expedite the cases involving the 4,000 acre farms including hiring more lawyers,” he added.
SEE ALSO :Denial will perpetuate deadly poll chaosMr. Ruto disclosed that in the Government has provided cash or bought land for 28, 924 IDP households since the 2008, with 20,170 households being resettled in the last three years alone, spending Sh. 17.5 billion. He asked County Commissioners in the Counties of Tranz Nzoia, Turkana, Isiolo and Nyandarua, where most the remaining IDP camps were to facilitate them to move out of the camps since they have been compensated. Mr Kiunjuri said apart from the cash payment of Sh 200,000 per household, the Government was going to give foodstuffs to the IDPs to help in the resettlement programme. “Thursday’s exercise concludes the Government’s effort to resettle all those who have been living in camps either on account of post-election violence or eviction from forests,” the Cabinet Secretary said. Dr Swazuri expressed confidence that cases involving land purchased by Government for IDPs will soon be resolved and title deeds issued to the beneficiaries.