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IDPs blame Govt, Devolution Ministry for their woes

24 March 2014, 16:48 Joseph Njung’eh

Nairobi - The life of Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) camping outside the Ruring’u Stadium Nyeri has deteriorated as they continue living in poor conditions in the nylon paper tents.

The more than 400 people unfortunately did not feature in the government’s list of those who were resettled and compensated recently.

Life at the camp is unbearable but due to lack of better alternatives, they have to tolerate each other with people of all ages continue living together as a family.

The unemployment vice has continued to be the major challenge for the young men in the camp.

The living conditions are completely sub-human as there is no sufficient food, water or even proper sanitation facilities including lack of pit latrines.

For instance, a nearby fence serves unintended purpose for it has been turned to a toilet, while another side is the bathing poin.

However, on Monday they breathed a short sigh of relief after the Scouts from Vision Secondary School in Kieni sub-county donated foodstuffs, farm produce, clothing, soaps and ladies’ sanitary towels all worth KES 10 000.

The Scouts program coordinator Nyeri South region who officiated the event, Micheal Komu Ndirangu said the move was guided by the Scout’s guidelines of assisting the vulnerable and the needy in the society.

Ndirangu said the 30 Scouts, through the support of Girl Guides gave out money while others donated farm produce like vegetables from their farms.

They later dug and constructed a pit latrine for the families, cleared their environment and trained them on how to uphold sanitation.

They also assisted the group to fetch water and firewood, before sharing a meal together.

Recently, the same group cleaned some shopping centres and towns in Kieni sub-county, according to George Nderitu who is in charge of Scouts movement in the Secondary School.

The IDPs coordinator, Peter Gitahi on his side blamed the national government, precisely the Ministry of Devolution, for their woes stating that they have neglected the IDPs.

Gitahi said several people have died in the camp due to depression, pneumonia and other cold related diseases.

“Last week a man passed away after prolonged pneumonia,” Gitahi reported.

He added that they successfully sought audience with Nyeri county commissioner, Micheal Mwangi who responded that he was not in a capacity to address their plights but would forward them to the national government.

They expect that a day will come when they will either be resettled or compensated like their colleagues and live better lives.

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