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’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - LAMECK BARAZA @lameck­baraza

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.

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