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IDPs question Uhuru’s commitment to resettle them

By By JAMES MUNYEKI | July 6th 2013


Hundreds of  families  displaced by the post-election violence more than five years ago are now questioning President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government commitment to resettle them.

The IDPS languishing in Nyandarua regret that despite being in leadership for more than 100 days, no concrete steps have been taken to address their plight.

They say the situation is now worse than in the past when they used to get relief food supply.

The last time they received the supply was in December and six months down the line, they have been forced to fend for themselves.

“We were optimistic that the Government would resettle us in the first 100 days and that is why we voted for Uhuru. To our surprise, not even a single Government official has visited us like it used to happen before,” said Jane Nyokabi, a resident at Gwa Kungu camp.

She says they have lost hope in the Government and turned to doing manual labour to earn a living.

Nyokabi regrets that their children have stopped going to school since they cannot afford school fees.

But their worst moment she said is during rainy seasons.

She says they are forced to look for shelter elsewhere as their tents get flooded.

“Most of the families shift to higher grounds while others seek shelter from neighbours since they cannot spend in their tents. This has been the most traumatising moments for the victims,” she says.

She says the tents that they were now living under were tattered due to the rains and they have not been replaced.

“We have been to various Government departments to seek assistance and this has not been forthcoming.It is the high time the Government comes to our rescue,” she notes.

Central region coordinator in charge of the resettlement Muikiria Nyamai however says plans were still in progress to resettle them.

“Let them rest assured that they have not been forgotten.We are awaiting the ministry of lands to buy land so that we can resettle them as first as possible,” he said.

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