Fresh crisis over IDPs as leaders shun talks

from Kenya Daily Nation
Published on 22 Apr 2013 View Original

Lack of political goodwill is threatening to disrupt the resettlement of internally displaced persons at a controversial farm in Nakuru County.

Some leaders from Narok County on Monday said they would boycott a meeting convened by Rift Valley PC Osman Warfa at his Nakuru office to address the issue.

Maasai leaders want the government to allocate the disputed 2,400 acre-Rose Farm, which is located in Mau Narok area at the boundary of Nakuru and Narok counties, to locals. But there are plans to allocate the land to IDPs displaced by the 2008 post election violence.

Among those invited to the meeting were government officials and local leaders, governors from the two counties and the MPs.

“We are not part of the meeting and we have actually called on those planning the talks to first consult the local community and craft a workable plan,” said Narok North MP Moitalel Ole Kenta. Mr Warfa was not immediately available to comment on the planned meeting.

Initial indication by government was that there were 900 IDPs and Mau evictees that were to be resettled last month but following fresh tensions, the process was suspended to pave way for more consultations.

Those invited to attend Monday's meeting in Nakuru included six Narok MPs, the women representative and Senator Stephen ole Ntutu.

Mr Kenta argued that he will not attend the meeting until consultations. He said that before any meeting is held by leaders, first priority must be given to squatters from the area.

Mr Kenta accused former Narok MP William Ntimama of entering an agreement with the government without involving the community. Recently the administrators prevailed upon the government to suspend the process.