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Mombasa IDPs demand compensation from government

07 April 2016, 10:42 Mbungu Harrison

Mombasa - Some 300 Internally Displaced persons IDPs who were victims of the 2007/08 post election violence are demanding compensation from the government just a day after the withdrawal of deputy President William Ruto's case at the international criminal court (ICC).

The over 300 IDPs on Wednesday held a peacefully demonstration outside the Kisauni PCEA church and asked the government to fulfill its compensation promise 8 years after they were displaced from their homes during the 2007/8 post election violence that rocked parts of Mishomoroni and Kisauni in Mombasa County.

Magdaline Kinyanjui, whose business was destroyed during the violence, blames local leaders for giving a blind eye to their grievances.

“We are happy that the case was terminated at the ICC. We respect the court's decision but what we are asking from the government compensation. As victims of the post election violence, we lost all our property,” said Kinyanjui, a Mishomoroni resident.

Another victim, Rose Gathoni also a resident of Mishomoroni who lost her husband in the violence, says they have never received any government support to recover the property lost in the chaos.

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“Our house was razed to ashes together with my business at Mishomoroni and we have not been able to get compensation from the government. Since I lost my husband in the house fire, my life has never been the same again,” says Gathoni.

She now wants the government to replicate what it did to Eldoret victims who were given an alternative land to live in and also compensated their businesses.

Susan Muia, a resident from Mwakirunge who claims that her houses were razed and daughter raped in the process, blamed the police and local administration for laxity since nothing was done despite launching her complaints to the Bamburi Police station several times.

“My hotel business was razed at night together with all my rental houses. My daughter was also raped in the process. I reported the case at Bamburi police station but am always told to wait,” says Muia.

Muia, who was accompanied by her son James Makuthu who also lost his tooth following a beating by people who were anti-Kibaki, wants her case to be considered.

The Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) and the Haki Africa human rights groups who also welcomed the court decision asked the government to expedite compensation to the post election victims some of whom are still living in IDP camps.

CIPK secretary, Shaikh Mohamed Khalifa said the government should now focus on uniting Kenyans including the victims who were affected by the 2007/08 chaos.

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