KISII, Kenya, Jun 6 – President Uhuru Kenyatta Tuesday handed over Sh358 million for compensating integrated Internally Displaced Persons in Kisii, who were affected by the 2007/2008 post-election violence.
He is also set to hand over another Sh472 million to another group of Integrated IDPs in Nyamira on Wednesday.
The IDPs benefitting from the funds are the last batches of the people who were displaced due to the post-election chaos.
President Kenyatta handed over the Sh358 cheque at Masimba in Kisii where he urged Kenyans to never again engage in acts that will create displacement of people.
“With the money we have handed over we have finally taken care of the last groups of IDPs in Kisii,” said President Kenyatta.
He cautioned the public not to be incited by selfish politicians who want to set them against each other.
“We do not want politics that would create IDPs again. That should be a thing of the history,” said the President.
The President was accompanied by Jubilee politicians from Kisii led by the gubernatorial candidate Chris Obure and Senate aspirant Charles Nyachae.
President Kenyatta called on the Opposition to abandon the incitement rhetoric that led to the chaos in 2008 and instead campaign on a platform of policies.
“To my opponents, let us not incite Kenyans. Sell your agenda but do not pit Kenyans against each other,” said the President.
Nyachae said the IDPs were displaced during the time of the coalition government, which also failed to address their plight.
He said the beneficiaries as well as the residents of the region are grateful for President Kenyatta’s decision to address the plight of those who were forgotten.
After Masimba, President Kenyatta who is on a tour of Gusii land made a stop at Keroka where he was welcomed by residents who lined up along the streets.
President Kenyatta said he was seeking the support of voters in the region on the platform of the good work his government has done.
He listed the gains made by the country under the Jubilee Administration including the reforms in the education sector.
The President cited how the government has taken a burden off the shoulders of parents when it shouldered the responsibility of paying exam fees for all candidates.
He said the Jubilee Government now plans to make secondary education free of charge in all public schools.
The President also announced that the government will work with the private sector to ensure every graduate from the country’s universities and technical institutes gets internship.
“We want every graduate to get internships where the government will give them a salary for the duration they are on internship as they attain the necessary experience to get jobs or start their own business,” said the President.
He told the people of Kisii to get ready for the Standard Gauge Railway, which will pass through the county on the way to Kisumu.