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Nyamira IDPs threaten to boycott elections over payouts

They say it is only less than 10 months to the election, but no message of hope has been conveyed to them

In Summary
  • Last week the IDPs pitched camp outside the county commissioner’s office to be addressed by commissioner Amos Mariba in vain.
  • They said leaders are fond of giving them false hopes during electioneering periods. 

Internally displaced persons in Nyamira have said they should be paid their cash before election day or they will not vote.

More than 100 IDPs, through their representative Japheth Momanyi, said they will not vote for leaders who have not been following up on their matters.

Last week, the IDPs pitched camp outside the county commissioner’s office in vain to be addressed by commissioner Amos Mariba.

“We know a time will come when leaders will be giving us false hopes to go and vote for them, but they should be informed we are not going their way," they said.

"We have decided and resolved that any person who was internally displaced during the 2007-2008 post-election violence is not going to vote and that is final.”

The IDPs who have been camping Nyariba's officer have expressed their dissatisfaction on the manner they are being handled by senior officials who tell them to keep waiting for their issue to be solved.

According to the IDPs, they feel that it is only less than 10 months to the next year’s general election, but no message of hope has been conveyed to them. 

"We are only being fooled to wait here and after the election, there is nobody who will be concerned about us. That is why we demand our payment before the election day,” Wesley Onserio, one of the IDPs, said.

(edited by Amol Awuor)