Resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons in Kenya

By Antony Gitonga

NAIVASHA, KENYA: It was song and dance in five IDP camps in Mai Mahiu Naivasha after the government embarked on a Sh3.3 billion programme to resettle them by the end of this month.

The exercise is expected to be flagged off by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday in Mai Mahiu Naivashawhich is home to hundreds of IDPs.

The IDPs met this with jubilation but expressed their pessimism and concern over the pending cases facing the top two leaders in the ICC.

Addressing the IDPs,  the Principal secretary in the ministry of devolution Gideon Konchellah said all the profiled families would get Sh400,000.

Konchellah said that over 8,200 IDPs and forest evictees would benefit from the funds and challenged them to use the cash wisely.

“The government will use Sh3.3 billion to resettle the IDPs and forest evictees as per President’s promise and we expect this exercise to be through by end of this month,” he said.

Konchellah was speaking in Vumilia camp in Mai Mahiu Naivasha where over 250 families will be the first beneficiaries of the funds.

The camp chairman Francis Karinge welcomed the funds and thanked the government for agreeing to end their suffering.

“This is a dream come true and we shall make sure that we put the cash in good use and develop what we have,” he said.

Originally sourced from Standard Newspaper in Kenya

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