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Govt says no funds for integrated IDPs

05 November 2013, 14:37 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - The government has sidelined the integrated internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the resettlement compensation saying it has no funds.

Anne Waiguru, the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Devolution and Planning, told the Parliamentary Committee of Finance that the government is finalizing the resettlement process for the remaining 8,000 IDPs in camps.

"Some integrated IDPs were given KES 35,000 and others KES 10,000 in the previous government's resettlement programme. We have limited time to reopen the IDP database, and the government does not have funds for the integrated IDPs," said Waiguru.

Waiguru noted that from the governments record, a total of 8,992 IDPs were in the camps as a result of the 2007/2008 post-election violence.

Waiguru said that although the resettlement process has been fairly conducted, some cases of fraud have been witnessed by people disguising as IDPs to benefit from the compensation.

"Seven teachers disguising as IDPs and put on the list in Trans-Nzoia constituency were identified. Investigations are being conducted for prosecution together with any officer who colluded with them in the fraud," added Waiguru.

She said every IDP in the camp will receive a total of KES 400,000 for land equal to half acre piece, and that none of them will be forced to purchase land at a specific place. She assured that the government will ensure there is security to each of them wherever they settle.

Waiguru further said those IDPs with title deeds for their former land will repossess without the government's interference, and are also allowed to sell and settle elsewhere.

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