Parliament donation resettles IDPs

May 20, 2009
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, KENYA, Nairobi, May 20 – The government said on Wednesday that it had spent Sh10.6 million contributed by parliamentarians to resettle 350,327 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Molo and Uasin Gishu.

Special Programmes Minister Naomi Shabaan told Parliament that the government had picked the two districts because it was where most people had been displaced by last year’s post election violence.

“The money was used to purchase building materials such as nails, iron sheets, timber and poles, which were distributed to IDPs in Molo and Uasin Gishu districts that recorded displacements of 4,650 households in Molo and 10,674 in Uasin Gishu respectively,” the Minister told Parliament.

The Minister was responding to a question by Narok South MP Nkoidila ole Lankas who sought clarification on how the money was utilised and how many IDPs had been resettled.
 
Ms Shabaan said the resettling process had taken longer than earlier anticipated because the government later adjusted the number of internally displaced persons upwards to 663,000.

At the same time the Minister said the ministry would in the next phase concentrate on resettling the integrated IDPs who have been living with their relatives; adding that they will be given some compensation to allow them to restart their lives.

“The government has used over Sh1.6 billion in this resettlement programme and we are yet to use some more money to complete this exercise,” she said.

Ms Shabaan said the government was also helping former IDPs who had opted to use their compensation to buy new parcels of land.

“Some of the IDPs in Mai Mahiu and Longonot are people who had not been displaced from any farms; they used to just rent houses. They took some of the money we gave them and bought land,” she said.

 “We are in the process of assisting them because they had not been covered and we got some donors to put in some houses for them,” the Special Programmes Minister said.

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