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No more compensation for 2008 post election violence victims

31 August 2015, 19:08 Steve Njugunah

Nairobi - The Government has ruled out future compensation and allocation of land to victims of 2008 post election violence.

Devolution cabinet secretary Ann Waiguru said that the Government had already settled the genuine IDP's and those claiming to be so as per now would not be compensated or given land.

Waiguru said that the Government had already resettled over 8000 victims who were affected by the post election violence.

She noted that it was not possible to buy land for the integrated ones as it would be too expensive for the government.

She noted that over 10,000 victims were claiming to be integrated and paying them would mean that the Government spends over three hundred billion.

“The issue has now become complex and we cannot afford to pay each and every person who was affected in any way or another. It would mean that we spend a lot of money which the government cannot afford currently,” she said.

She regretted that there were a lot of people who were claiming to be genuine IDPs and yet they were not affected.

“They come to my office each and every day claiming that they were affected and need to be resettled. The number is overwhelming and all what we can do is to give them comfort and help them restart their lives,” she said.

Waiguru noted that all those who were in the government data of 2008 had been resettled.

“I can assure Kenyans that we have resettled everyone who was in the government data. We also compensated them with KES 35,000,” she said.

The cabinet secretary was speaking in Ol Kalou town when she paid a courtesy call on Nyandarua Governor Daniel Waithaka before proceeding to inspect projects being conducted by the National Youth Service.

The Governor had earlier complained that there were overwhelming number of integrated IDPs in the county who demanded to be resettled.

He had noted that the county government could not afford to resettle them.

The Governor however assured them that the county government would assist them restart their lives through establishment of small business by getting sources from the county.

Ol Kalou MP David Kiaraho who was also present thanked the government for offering youths with manual jobs saying that this had improved their livelihoods.

“We have even seen rates of crime drop in these areas since the start of the programme. It has improved on the status of our roads,” he said.

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