The government through the Ministry of Special Programmes has finally resettled IDPs from Jikaze camp based in Mai Mahiu on a piece of land which was initially meant to resettle IDPs based at Pipeline camp in Nakuru County. It’s a move which took place over the weekend where it emerged that IDPs unanimously invaded the piece of land located in Ndabibi. They vowed not abandon the place in what has caught the government by surprise to admit conceding defeat and allowed them to resettle.
This happened given the fact that the over 94 families lamented of being left out in the dark and suffered for long without any government intervention. The Central Rift regional co-ordinator in charge for resettlement, Alois Lentoimaga reacted to these accusations by agreeing to their demands. However, he was quick to rule out that only thirty families would be resettled in the area while others would be relocated to either Subukia or Laikipia. “Initially IDPs from Jikaze camp denied being resettled and opted to be given money instead. It’s a surprising move that they have made and we shall allocate them land. On top of that, we urge you all to be co-operative,” he said. Lentoimaga confirmed that Jikaze camp had a total of 145families and therefore those who wouldn’t have been resettled would be relocating to either Subukia or Laikipia. He also promised them provision of tents, food rations and non-food items.
Meanwhile, a group leader representing IDPs in Gilgil, Beatrice Nyokabi has accused the government of keeping them in the dark over their fate and called on the President to make quick interventions. “The resettlement process seems to have stalled yet we are still not being attended to by any governmental agency,” she said.
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