UN expert calls for quick resolution to Kenya's displaced population
07 May 2014, 21:01
Nairobi - UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), Chaloka Beyani, on Wednesday urged Kenya to accelerate efforts to achieve a permanent solution for the country's displaced.
The visiting UN expert told journalists in Nairobi that the end of displacement cannot be determined by a political decision but by reality.
"While we acknowledge government efforts, we differ on the methodology employed to achieve a durable solution," Beyani said at the end of his nine-day visit to Kenya.
Beyani visited Nakuru, which is 160 kilometers northwest of Nairobi and Moyale on Kenya Ethiopian border. Over 600,000 people were displaced after the 2007 general elections.
"We have agreed to work with the government on a bilateral basis and we are of the view that once the IDP law is fully implemented it will address the problem," he said.
As part of resettlement plans, last year the government gave cash grants of 4,600 U.S. dollars per households to the displaced. "We would prefer that compensation be made on the basis of family size," he said.
During his tour of Kenya, he met both national and county government officials in areas hosting the IDPs.