Easter gift for Mai Mahiu IDPs
17 April 2014, 15:21
Naivasha - Hundreds of IDPs living in Mai Mahiu Naivasha have a reason to smile after the Naivasha CDF moved in to open a secondary school to cater for tens of school going children in the area.
The fund released KES 1.5M to go towards the construction of Governor’s secondary school whose construction had stalled for the last three years.
It was tears of joy for the victims of the 2007 post election violence and their children as they received the news from Naivasha MP, John Kihagi.
For years, the students have been walking for over 20kms daily in search of education in the dry area and the move was termed as an Easter gift for them.
While presenting the cheque, Kihagi noted that over 100 students had so far registered to join the new secondary school.
He accused the government of failing to give the IDP resettlement a human face adding that many IDPs were still undergoing untold suffering.
Kihagi challenged the central government to assist in the construction of schools and the county government in health centers.
“Though majority of the IDPs were given funds for resettlement, the government has failed to address issues of schools, water and health centers,” he said.
The legislator noted that long distance had seen many bright students in IDP camps drop from school thus affecting education standards.
He at the same time expressed his concern over the location of the new secondary school noting that a section of it would have to be demolished.
“A section of the school is constructed under high power voltage lines and it has to be demolished,” he said.
Kihagi retaliated that the constituency bursary would only assist those needy and bright students joining secondary schools.
During the function, former chairman in the former Nakuru County Council, John Murigo said that he had donated the land where the secondary school is located.
Murigo admitted that IDPs were undergoing untold suffering and called on well-wishers to continue supporting them.
“The best gift that one can give his child is education and we are committed to assisting the IDPs in every possible way,” he said.
On their part, the IDPs thanked the CDF and the donor for the school noting that the lives of many students would be changed.
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