Resettle IDPs before polls, Central MPs urge Kibaki
Four MPs from Central Kenya have called asked President Kibaki to resettle more than 37,000 IDPs in the region before he leaves office next year. MPs Peter Mwathi ( Limuru), David Ngugi (Kinangop), Erastus Mureithi (Olkalou) and Jeremiah Kioni of Ndaragwa said the President should resettle the IDPs before retiring.
“The only legacy the President can leave to us is the resettlement of the IDPs and that should be done before elections next year,” Mwathi said. Kioni said the government should resettle those displaced during the 2007/08 post-election violence just as it resettling the Mau Forest evictees.
“We are happy with the resettlement of the Mau evictees, but the integrated IDPs should be resettled as well. We have IDPs living in camps in Limuru, Mwiga, Kasuku, Milango and Gwakungu,” Kioni said. The four were speaking during the burial ceremony of Mwathi's father-in-law Njoroge Kariuki at Suera village in Olkalou constituency .
The MPs at the same time condemned the killings in the Tana delta saying that there is a political hand behind the skirmishes. The said security agents seem to have learnt a hard lesson since their immediate former boss Hussein Mohamed Ali was prosecuted at the ICC following the post election violence of the 2007.
“The security forces will think if they shoot, they will be taken to the ICC," Mwathi said. He said the communities in the Tana Delta should hold peace talks. Mureithi on his part said the causeof the ethnic animosity needs to be investigated thoroughly adding that the violence could be politically instigated with a view of taking over the fertile lands of Tana Delta.
Mureithi who used to work there as the Provincial Director of agriculture said Tana Delta is a lowland stretch that collects fertile soils suitable for agriculture from all parts of the country. “The families must be brought together to live harmoniously. It’s a tragedy because during the time of elections we don’t want to hear any type of violence.
The government must move in with speed to ensure that peace is restored,” he said. Kinangop MP David Ngugi said in spite of the fear that has rocked the security forces, the Human Rights Act has no clauses that hinder their operation. He said all the developed nations in Europe and America have the human rights law and their security agents operate effectively to ensure safety and security of their citizens.
“Individual rights are up to a certain point and rights of the other people start from there, and community rights are more paramount than individual rights. The Act can be implemented in all chapters without any conflicts,” he said.