600 Siaya IDPs reach out to county for help
‘Some of us were left with no arms, legs and eyes, and our skills are fading away’
Some 600 post-election violence IDPs from Siaya have asked the county for financial assistance.
They said they are still waiting for the national government to make good its promise 10 years ago to compensate them.
Led by chairman Maurice Opondo, the IDPs urged Siaya MCAs to pass a law to allow the county government to allocate them money. “This will improve our socioeconomic status and living standards. Some of us were completely grounded after we were displaced,” Opondo said.
He said some IDPs suffered life-changing injuries and have difficulties eking out a living. Organising secretary Dominic Otieno said, “Some were left without arms, legs and eyes. We have technical skills that are fading away.”
The IDPs spoke in Siaya town on Monday. They asked the national government to explain how money set aside for IDPs will reach them.
They were chased away from PNU zones, such as Naivasha and Nakuru, during the violence that broke out after the December 27, 2007 general election.
The victims asked area MPs to speak out about their problems in the National Assembly so that the government can compensate them.
In August, IDPs from Nyanza threatened to boycott next year’s election if the government does not compensate them. They said if leaders are not ready to fight for them, they should forget about their votes.