Kenya: Electoral violence - Operations Update No. 19

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This Operations Update (no. 19/2008) reflects the information available at this time.

Appeal History:

On 4th January 2008, the Kenya Red Cross Society issued a Preliminary Appeal No. 1/2008 for Ksh 957,127,906 (US$ 15.4 million) to assist 500,000 beneficiaries for one (1) month. Visit for information on the appeal narrative and budge.

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Mr. Abbas Gullet, Secretary General, Kenya Red Cross Society, Email; Phone; 254.20.3950.000 Fax

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Mr. Anthony Mwangi, Public Relations Manager, Kenya Red Cross Society, Email; Phone; 254.20.3950.000 Fax

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Operational Summary

As violence continues to ravage parts of Kenya, thousands of people continue to stream into Internally Displaced Camps (IDPs) further complicating the humanitarian crisis. More people were displaced between 1st and 3rd February 2008, further complicating the IDP situation in a number of camps countrywide. Kenya Red Cross has been distributing emergency relief food as a matter of urgency in these fresh camps.

A number of people have sought transportation and security so as to be repatriated back to their ancestral homes. While Kenya Red Cross has been requested by the IDPs to conduct this voluntary repatriation, no decision has been taken to effect the request, as the Red Cross principles does not allow for such an action. However, Kenya Red Cross has engaged in emergency evacuation of communities to hospitals and other IDP shelters countrywide.

The constant movement of IDPs from place to place has made it very difficult for Kenya Red Cross to conduct its operations effectively. The insecurity in the country has also lessened the speed at which Kenya Red Cross has been moving from place to place to provide relief assistance.


Over 1,000 people have lost their lives and upto 304,000 people displaced countrywide and are living in 302 IDP camps. Thousands more have been injured and treated in various hospitals. The most vulnerable are women, children, the elderly, people living with HIV and the physically challenged. This is since the violence erupted on 30th December 2007.


In Nyanza, the areas affected by the post-election violence include Migori, Siaya, Kisii/Nyamira, Busia, Kakamega, Vihiga, Nyando, Homabay/Suba, Butere-Mumias, Kisumu, Bureti and Kericho districts. It was relatively calm in some areas on 1st January 2008, though several people were injured by rioting youth who blocked roads and disrupted transportation in Kisumu. There were fresh displacements reported in Kericho and Nyagacho informal settlements. 108 IDPs arrived Kisumu from Naivasha on 3rdFebruary 2008 on transit to Bondo, Homabay and Siaya areas. As of 4th February 2008, Kisumu, Busia, Nyando remained calm.

In Bureti District, upto 5,000 IDPs are accommodated by relatives following skirmishes, while in Transmara about 3,000 people had their houses burnt. A number of people requested to be evacuated. At Cheptilat, houses, hotels and a school were burnt. A further 3,708 IDPs are camping at Moi Gardens Kericho, 677 IDPs are at Nandi Hills Police Station and 250 IDPs are at Chemomi Police Station.

In Transmara, the situation remains calm though on 2nd February 2008, over 200 houses were burnt and livestock reported stolen in Isinyo and Ekeribo in Sotik-Borabu border. About 296 IDPs are at Sotik Police Station. In Borabu, 24 people were injured and treated within the community. There are five camps in Bureti District i.e. Borabu, Monire, Nderema, Sotik Police Station and Mulot Police Station. IDPs at Monire Camp in Bureti District have all moved out and are being hosted by relatives and well wishers. Violence was also reported in Tempo and Ngelegele that resulted to people losing their lives and houses torched. Some youth burnt the ECK Office in Trans Nzoia. Cattle rustling was reported in Kilindani and Via Vain.

In Ikonge, Nyamira District, clashes and cattle rustling were reported along the Elekei boundary. At Nderema and Ikonge, 12 houses were burnt down. Reports indicate that at least 12 people died in the clashes that hit Nyamira and Bureti districts. There are upto 190 IDPs in Nyamira. The MoH confirmed four dead and six injured and receiving medical attention at Kisii hospital. There are no IDPs in Homabay District as they all left for Kisii and their respective homes. There are 1,060 people on transit who are also camping in Kisumu.

North Rift

There was violence in a number of areas since the killing of Ainamoi MP in West Indis Estate, Eldoret, on 31st January 2008, with three confirmed deaths in Eldoret, around 400 houses and vehicles burnt in several areas and a large increase in IDP numbers at Kericho. The roads to Kapsabet and Iten were barricaded and four vehicles burnt. In Kimumu, Kapsoya and Jua Kali the situation is tense, but business is normal in Eldoret town. In Nandi North, 200 houses and two vehicles were burnt and one person killed. At Kapsabet, Nandi South, more than 100 houses and two vehicles were burnt. In Kericho, Jua Kali area in the town center, Ngakacho, Site and Service, 100 houses were burnt. As a result there was an influx of IDPs at Moi Girls and at the police station from 1,064 to 5,000 persons.

In Kipkelion, all roads leading in and out of Fortenan, Kepsigon and Kedawa remained closed with an unidentified number of houses burnt down. Eldowas, Ministry of Works, the police, MoH and the municipality is involved in the management of the camp. IDPs have come from Nandi Hills, Turbo, Kapsaret, Iten, Soi, Maili 4, Yamumbi, Kiambaa farm, Moiben, Beta farm and Langas. At Burnt Forest, water is still an issue at Bishop Muge. The camp at Burnt Forest has not yet been established so far though people are still camping at Arnesen's Secondary, St.Patrick's Church, Full Gospel and the police station. Movement of people in and out of Eldoret camps continued, with fresh arrivals of IDPs from Kapsabet, Ngeria, Nandi Hills, Soi and Burnt Forests.

South Rift

Security situation is still very tense in Nakuru and Naivasha, but no major incidents reported. 865 new IDPs arrived at Kisanana on 31st January 2008. Construction of two camps in Naivasha camps and one in Molo are ongoing. A team is also visiting Molo to access the progress of the new camp and manage it.