Persons displaced to Kisumu County at the height of the 2007/2008 post elections violence have vowed not to relent until they are properly compensated by the government.
The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) also accused the Jubilee government of bias in the implementation of the IDPs compensation programme.
“We want President Kenyatta to know that his continued silence on the plight of Nyanza IDPs notwithstanding, we will fight until we are given our rightful compensation just like it has been done for IDPs in other parts of the country,” lamented Mary Akinyi Odhiambo who abandoned her salon business in Naivasha to run for her dear life.
Peter Otieno Otiende, another IDP from West Ngere in Seme, Kisumu, who claims that only a nick of time miracle saved him from being bundled into a morgue with the dead also echoes similar sentiments as he appeals to the President Kenyatta’s intervention over the matter.
Seme IDPs Chairman, Thomas Ndong’a however faulted elected leaders from Nyanza region over alleged failure to address the plight of displaced persons from the region in Parliament.
“We are tired of lip Service by our leaders when they come to the villages yet we hear of nothing once they return to parliament,” claimed Ndong’a adding that the IDPs will only support aspirants who have stood with them.
Dan Omondi who is the IDPs’ coordinator cited the urgent need to bring the compensation issue to closure to enable the IDPs move on with their lives and stem feared voters’ apathy among the victims ahead of this year’s August General Election.
“Most of these people are not only stuck in the 2007/2008 post-election violence but also getting more disillusioned by the day, this long wait for restitution has snowballed into another trauma for many of them and speedy resolution of the stalemate will be a welcomed relief,” argued Omondi
The IDPs who spoke at a forum in Seme on Monday are the latest to add their voice to the mounting pressure by IDPs in Kisumu in the push for compensation by the government.
IDPs from Nyando at the end of last year staged a demonstration to the Deputy County Commissioner’s office where they presented their grievances to the DCC.
The demonstration came hardly a week following similar protests by Nyanza IDPs regional coordinator Mr. Nelson Onegi who also blamed the government over claims of neglecting the Nyanza IDPs.
There are approximately 25,000 households of IDPs in Nyanza region according to recent reports availed by the department of Special Programmes out of which about 19,000 reportedly got Sh.10,000 while another 1,642 were given Shs.25, 000 as compensation by the government