IDPs want their land back
28 November 2012, 15:10
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living in Meru have called upon the government to help them recover land which was grabbed during the 2007 post election violence.
The IDPs were speaking at the Human Rights Commission offices in Meru where the regional coordinator of human rights, Judith Wangari asked them to report their cases to the land registry for assistance.
Margaret Wangari Weru, an IDP, says she possesses title deeds for more than 20 acres of her land in Burnt Forest Area in Eldoret, but she is unable to reclaim the land which has already been occupied by unknown persons.
Wangari told the coordinator she would like to sell the land to enable her start a decent business in Meru where she settled after fleeing from her home in December 2007.
She says that she used to live a decent live before the carnage that completely tore her life apart, leaving her with completely nothing including her husband who lost his life during the chaos.
She says her hopes to get back to normalcy have been shattered by the fact that she does not have a way to get back her grabbed land.
Another victim, Margaret Wambui, says that she is not willing to go back to Molo, her once peaceful home before the violence tore it apart.
She also wishes to sell her land.
Some of the victims said that they were not ready to vote in next year’s general elections as they fear a repeat of the 2007 post election chaos.
However, others said that they would like to see a change in the country’s leadership and they will vote.
Those willing to vote have hope that their effort will have a positive rather than a negative impact.
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