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6000 IDPs lash out at the government

26 July 2012, 13:35 Sakah Ritchie

Over 6000 Internally Displaced Persons in Trans-Nzoia County have protested against neglect by the government and vowed to sue the government.

The families uprooted from their homes during the 1992 and 2002 tribal clashes claimed that the government has ignored their plight sighting that they lived in abject poverty whereas their leaders were living in the land of plenty.

The victims under the umbrella Umoja Clash Victims Networks claimed their farms have been occupied by some members of a certain  community and the government has failed to provide security to enable them return to their respective homes.

The IDPs scattered in major urban centers in the county described life as miserable and inhumane, which is worse than experienced refugees hosted in the country.

The group’s chairman Harrison Lusaka said the affected families are living in abject poverty and children not accessing education due to lack of fees.

“We are refugees in our country. We have no place even to bury our relatives. Where does the government us to go? It should provide us security to return to our homes or resettle us,” lamented.  

The IDPs criticized the government and the local political leadership of influencing the resettlement of people from outside the county discriminating them in the allocation process.

“Why should the government treat us like second class citizen? We have suffered a lot and we are losing our relatives to diseases and our children cannot go to school,” Lusaka bitterly protested.  

An aspiring for the local governorship Boniface Wanyonyi threatened to sue the government for neglecting the families.

“We as the leadership of tomorrow would not sleep and see some few individuals tarnish our names for their selfish benefits,” noted Wanyonyi.

Wanyonyi said that they were waying the situation before concluding on the next move saying that demonstrations were no exception to their actions.

The IDPs gathered at immaculate Catholic Church Kitale where they demanded for immediate resettlement by the government.

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