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IDPs accuse Murugi of discrimination

03 September 2013, 18:47 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - A group of more than 300 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nyeri on Tuesday protested complaining of discrimination.

The group accused former Minster of Special Programmes currently Nyeri Town MP, Esther Murugi of discriminatory omission of their names from the compensation and resettlement list in the Ministry.

They claimed that when the MP was in office she deliberately excluded them from the list of beneficiaries in the Ministry.

“It has been confirmed to us that former Minister of Special Programmes, Esther Murugi deliberately excluded Ruring’u IDP camp members from the current IDPs compensation, resettlement list for reasons that are best known to her,” read part of a letter addressed to the governor.

With placards and twigs they held a mass demonstration marching to the Governor Nderitu Gachagua's office demanding immediate resettlement.

However, their efforts to see governor Gachagua were futile since he was not in office but they vowed to persist with the mass demonstrations until their demands are met.

The group has been camping at Ruring’u stadium for more than one year now, waiting to be resettled after they were flushed from Rift Valley region during the 2007/08 election skirmishes.

Since then, they have been sleeping in an open place and depend on well wishers to feed them for majority of them have not secured any job, according to their coordinator Peter Gitahi.

Gitahi said some have passed away due to hunger, depression and weather related illnesses while others are under medication.

Due to economic hardships, he said the children in the camp dropped out of school reiterating that they are really suffering since the government neglected them.

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