State allocates Sh2.6m for Nyamira IDPs

Posted Friday, December 28 2012 at 12:23

The government has allocated Sh2.6 million to settle 107 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Nyamira County instead of 138 persons, it emerged on Friday.

The news caused commotion with 21 IDPs causing chaos, which barred the disbursement of Sh10,000 to their colleagues.

Nyamira North District Commissioner Thomas Sakah he is following up on why some of the IDPs were left out in the disbursement.

Mr Sakah said a list of 3,000 IDPs was forwarded from his office to the Ministry of Special Programmes but he was yet to get explanation as why the rest were left out of the compensation scheme of the post-election violence victims.

“We forwarded a list of 3,000 names but the ministry cleared 138 for compensation. However, we have received compensation for only 107 IDPs. We will follow the matter to establish why others enlisted for the compensation scheme were left out,” he said.

Mr Sakah had a difficult time to convince more than 500 IDPs who had gathered at Ekerenyo Sports ground demanding answers on why they have never been compensated.

Nyanza IDPs Network patron Evans Misati accused the government of neglecting IDPs from Nyanza.

He wondered why the 2007/8 post-election violence victims were not compensated alongside others from other parts of the country.

“Why has the government taken long to compensate IDPs from Nyanza despite the fact that it had done so for others elsewhere? he asked.

Mr Misati also wondered why the government was only giving IDPs from the province Sh10,000 when others from other parts of the country had already received Sh35,000 with building materials and allocated plots for resettlement.