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IDPs to be resettled by September

21 August 2013, 09:15

Nairobi - Deputy President William Ruto on Tuesday directed all relevant government agencies to resettle internally displaced persons (IDPs) and forest evictees by September.

Speaking during a meeting in Nairobi with all ministries and government institutions involved in the resettlement of the IDPs, Ruto said that the remaining phase of the resettlement program should be finalized by next month.

A statement issued after the meeting on his behalf, read that the Deputy President issued the directives when he chaired an inter-ministerial team and the taskforce that has been involved in the resettlement program.

The 2007/08 post-election violence contributed to the country's largest internal displacement crisis, with 600,000 Kenyans displaced in precarious and adverse living conditions.

Kenya has also experienced multiple threats to security arising from ordinary crime, sporadic attacks associated with the Al-Shabaab terror group, violent boundary disputes, conflicts over resources, and the activities of illegal groups.

The 2007/2008 violence was the most severe one, that nearly took the country into a civil war following a disputed presidential votes tally.

Experts say instances of localized violence likely to result in the arbitrary displacement of persons in Kenya have steadily increased in the run up to the elections, although intervention by government has helped to improve the situation.

They say internal displacement in the country has historically followed each election cycle since 1991/1992.

According to UN, over 116,000 persons in 2012 were displaced as a result of inter-communal violence in the country. Since August 2012, over 182 people have been killed and 34, 417 displaced by inter-communal violence in the Tana River County.

In issuing the directive, Ruto said the government was committed to ensuring that all the internally displaced persons and forest evictees are resettled.

Violence in the central and northern Rift Valley between members of the Kikuyu and Kalenjin communities formed a significant part of the nationwide upheaval after the December 2007 elections, resulting in killings, rapes, and the forced displacement of about 650,000 people from all communities countrywide. 


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