, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 10 – The Government will use Sh1.1 billion to resettle Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) this weekend, Deputy President William Ruto has said.
The money will be paid to about 25,000 displaced persons (5,384 IDP households) in five counties as part of the healing and integration process.
Ruto said all IDPs will be resettled before the beginning of the much anticipated El Nino rains.
The Deputy President spoke Saturday when he handed over cheques to IDPs in Mahi Mahiu, Gilgil, Njoro and Rongai in Nakuru County.
Ruto will also be handing over cheques to others in Yamumbi slums, in Eldoret, Koilot in Nandi and Konoin today (Sunday).
He will also preside over the same programme in Sambalat in Elgeyo/Marakwet County.
“We are using Sh1.1 billion this weekend to resettle 5,384 IDP households to start their lives afresh and join other Kenyans in the nation building,” said Ruto.
He said every household of the last batch of IDPs would be resettled.
The Deputy President said the resettlement of IDPs was a key component of assuring Kenyans of a long-term stability by the Jubilee administration.
“We have said this since we were elected that we will resettle people who were displaced. We have done so and we are on the last leg,” he added.
He told the beneficiaries to use the funds to buy land adding that the camps would soon be closed down.
“You should use the money you are being given to buy land as soon as possible to pave way for the closure of these camps,” said Ruto.
Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru, National Land Commission Chairman Mohammed Swazuri, MPs Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete), John Kihagi (Naivasha), Mathenge Nderitu (Gilgil) and Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua, accompanied the Deputy President.
Ruto said his alliance with President Uhuru Kenyatta was aimed at ensuring Kenyans remained peaceful and united whether in Government or in the Opposition.
“We joined hands to bring peace to Kenyans. We have said never again should Kenyans fight for any reason. Our interest is peace for all,” said Ruto.
He urged Kenyans to ignore individuals preaching politics of hatred and division noting that such leaders have no room in the 21st century.
“Days when politics of hatred and division were being used to cause chaos in this country are long gone,” said Ruto.
“We are people of one destiny. Even those who do not belong to your tribe or religion are Kenyans. We should therefore regard each other as brothers and sisters.”
When there is peace, he added, Kenyans would be able to engage in development activities and thus improve their living standards.
The Deputy President said the country should shun leaders who engage in endless politicking at the expense of service delivery.
“It is time we focus our attention as leaders on solving the problems facing the people instead of engaging in endless politicking,” said the Deputy President.
He said the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development will work closely with the National Land Commission (NLC) to ensure all Kenyans get title deeds.
Waiguru said the Government was moving with speed to ensure IDPs were not subjected to another suffering during the heavy rains.