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74-year-old IDP dies of hunger

05 April 2013, 17:08 Wangui Joseph

One of the Internal Displaced Persons camping at Ruring’u Stadium in Nyeri County passed away on Wednesday.

Paul Mwangi Kamau, 74, died of hunger and cold according to a report.

Kamau was a victim of the 2007 election aftermath that hit Kenya in parts of Eldoret.

He later sought shelter from his relatives in Murang’a County where he lived for some time but eventually left due to domestic problems.

Gitahi said the deceased was also a small scale businessman selling herbal medicines at London Roundabout in Eldoret town.

The more than 350 IDPs have being camping outside the stadium since October last year after government failed to resettle them.

They threatened to surrender their national identity cards, cease to be Kenyans and seek refuge from UNHCR.

However, police have been manning the stadium to bar them from gaining entry.

They erected facilities with polythene bags and tents to keep the IDPs away from direct sunlight and cold.

During the phone interview, Gitahi said neither the state government nor any NGO has ever assisted them.

The coordinator asked the President elect Uhuru Kenyatta to remember them by offering land for resettlement.

“We have great hopes that the new government will act upon our requests,” said distraught Gitahi.

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