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Tegla Loroupe urges gotv to resettle IDPs

05 December 2012, 14:18 Alloys Musyoka

Former World champion marathon winner Tegla Loroupe has urged the government to re-build houses for Tana IDPs, saying that this will encourage them to return to their homes.

Addressing Tana residents who had converged at Garsen primary school during a peace marathon organized by her foundation, Loroupe said Tana people are ready to go back to their deserted homes and continue with their development activities if structures are put up.

She also urged the government to establish permanent police stations in the villages that were affected by the recent clashes.

“These people are ready to go back to their homes but government should encourage them by putting up structures for them first. Security offices should also be established permanently in those areas to protect locals from fear of further attacks by criminals,” she stated.

She emphasized the need for Tana people to co-exist peacefully and educate their children for the sake of development of the area, and appealed to Kenyans to avoid attacking police officers assigned to protect them.

Loroupe was accompanied by reformed warriors among them Robert Matanda, Garsen Member of Parliament Danson Mungatana, area commissioner David Kiprop among other leaders who officiated the peace marathon.

Matanda urged youths to respect the police and called on parliamentarians to keep off from security issues saying that their intervention in decision making on security matters has compromised security of the country which has led to loss of lives of innocent officers and Kenyans.

“We want MPs to stop politicizing the whole issue of security because it is a very important section of this country. Security officials should be left to make decision concerning  security matters without influence by politicians,’ he noted.

Mungtatana on his side insisted on the need to withdraw the curfew in the area saying that locals had agreed to maintain peace and co-exist peacefully.

Tana Delta district commissioner David Kiprop assured residents of security in the area appealing to them to go back to their respective villages which they left following the tribal clashes few months ago.

“Who sent application God here and asked Him to settle him or her in this region? Then you better be informed that you will have to live peacefully with your neighbor because there is no mechanism you can use to evict them here,” he noted.

About 300 locals participated in the peace race which was organized by Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation in collaboration with Safaricom and KCB among other organizations.

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