IDPs sleep in the cold after being kicked out by Good Samaritan
06 May 2015, 15:29
Uasin Gishu - Internally displaced persons from Kamwingi camp in Uasin Gishu County were forced to spend the night in the cold after being ejected from a piece of land they had been offered to stay for four years by a Good Samaritan.
The IDPs were ordered out of the land by the owner who claimed he wanted to develop his land after accommodating them for a period of four years.
The 2007/2008 pev victims said they were promised compensation by the government after fleeing their homes but have received nothing to date.
Speaking to the press in Kamwingi area where they have now been rendered homeless, the IDPs faulted the government for not assisting them.
They said they have nowhere to go and appealed to the national government to come to their aid and find them alternative land.
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However, when contacted for comments, Uasin Gishu County commissioner Hassan Abdi said though they were aware of the plight of the IDPs, it was hard for the government to intercede and prevail upon the land owner to let them continue staying since the initial plan was a private arrangement between the two parties.
“We are aware of the group but they are not captured in any government record as IDPs since they missed out in the profiling process in 2008, and we don’t know why they were not profiled or captured in any government data,” said Hassan.
The County commissioner said that the group of more than 60 people came from Keiyo north and south in Elgeyo Marakwet County, and initially camped at the Eldoret ASK grounds.
When asked to return to their homes after the situation stabilized, they opted to camp at Yamumbi and later entered into an arrangement with the land owner who allowed them to stay in his land.
He added that over time, the family of the land owner grew impatient and wanted the group out of their fathers land.
“Although we have been pleading with the land owners to give them more time, they ran out of patience and kicked out the group out yesterday,” he confirmed.
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