'20yrs in camp': Leaders asks State to re-settle Naivasha IDPs

“We are challenging the NCIC to move with urgency and address the resettlement of these families."

In Summary

•The MPs have challenged the National Cohesion and Integration Commission  to intervene as the families had suffered for long.

•The victims, many of who have been camping in Maella trading center in Naivasha have through elected leaders petitioned the President but their plight has not been addressed. 

Some IDPs at the Katsaka Kairu IDP camp in Witu,Lamu West.
Some IDPs at the Katsaka Kairu IDP camp in Witu,Lamu West.
Image: CHETI PRAXIDES

Leaders from Nakuru want the government to move with speed and resettle hundreds of IDPs from Enoospukia who have been camping in Naivasha for over 20 years.

The MPs have challenged the National Cohesion and Integration Commission  to intervene as the families had suffered for long.

The victims, many of who have been camping in Maella trading center in Naivasha have through elected leaders petitioned the President but their plight has not been addressed.

But in a meeting between the commission and the MPs in a Naivasha hotel, the leaders accused the government of dragging its feet in the issue.

Naivasha MP Jane Kihara said that she had on several occasions raised the matter with President Uhuru Kenyatta as the families were undergoing untold suffering.

Kihara said that the president directed that the families be profiled ahead of resettlement but this had never been carried out.

“We are challenging the National Cohesion and Integration Commission to move with urgency and address the resettlement of these families,” she said on Sunday.  

She revisited the issue of compensation for the 2007-08 post election violence noting that many of the clash victims in Naivasha were never paid or resettled.

Kihara added that the names of the affected families were with government officers and called on the head of state to intervene.

“Years after the 2000 post election violence, ten of families who were adversely affected by the violence and had camped in Naivasha have never been compensated or resettled,” she said.

The county women rep Liza Chelule said that the issue of the Enoospukia IDPs had been raised in parliament on several occasions.

She pointed an accusing finger at the Ministries of Interior and that of Lands for failing to heed the directive by the President to fully resolve the issue of the families.

“These families have been camping by the road side for over 20 years awaiting resettlement by the State and its time that this promise was fulfilled,” she said.

On his part, NCIC chairman Reverend Samuel Kobia said that they were working with elected leaders to make sure that the current peace in the county was sustained.

He identified land ownership, boundaries dispute and cattle rustling as the main challenges affecting lasting peace in the cosmopolitan county.

“We are headed to a political period and we are keen to work with leaders and elders to make sure that we have peace and unity throughout,” he said.