New fears over IDP relocation

October 21, 2009 12:00 am

, NYANDARUA, Kenya, Oct 21 – Leaders in Nyandarua have expressed concern over the fate of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who were recently relocated to Rongai in Rift valley province.

The leaders urged the government to assure the victims of their safety after residents from the region questioned their relocation to the area.

Led by Ol-Kalou MP Erastus Mureithi and Nyandarua County Council chairman Mwangi Nyaga, they said that the victims were now disturbed after colleagues in the region rejected their relocation to the area.

The two urged the government to provide enough security to counter any tribal animosity that would arise in the area.

Some 335 families have so far been relocated from Mawingu Camp in Nyandarua to Rongai where the government has purchased land for them.

There has been mixed feelings with some leaders in Rift Valley questioning their relocation to the area saying that it was a political strategy ahead of 2012 General Election.

But Mr Mureithi welcomed the move saying that it was long overdue and leaders from the region should shun from such sentiments. He said that the government should move with speed and allocate them land in the area so that they would move on with their normal lives.

Mr Mureithi called on the government to probe allegations that residents in the region were arming themselves ahead of the next General Election. He asked the government to launch investigations to verify if the allegations were true saying that some communities in the area were already living in fear.

He called on the government to come out clear on the matter and take action. The leaders were speaking in Ol-Kalou during this year’s Kenyatta Day celebrations.

They called on the Parliamentary Select Committee headed by Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni which was probing illegal gangs to release its report so as to end existence of such groups.

They however welcomed the governments move to resettle the victims who have been camping on the 50 acre piece of land for the last two years.


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