Not all of us were compensated, say victims of 2007 electoral violence

The National Coordinator of the National IDPs network addressing journalists in Kitale. Photo/Aspect News

A lobby group championing the interests of the victims of 2007/8 post election violence has issued government with a three weeks ultimatum to settle pending settlement dues.

Officials of the National IDPs Network who converged in Trans Nzoia took issue with the government for forgetting the plight of 170, 000 members despite a budgetary allocation being made by parliament.

“If the government does not act within the three works period, Integrated IDPs within 22 counties will present themselves​​es physically in state offices within  their localities to present  grievances,” said the group’s secretary Raphael Eyanai.

Mr. Eyanai said the government made a partial payment of Sh 50, 000 to each of the 83, 891 members while the rest are yet to be captured in past payments as agreed on in 2015.

He also took issue with some government officers whom he accused of frustrating efforts to submit funds to the victims despite the fact that they met all the requirements for compensation.

“We have written several memos to the national assembly, the Senate, the office of the attorney general and the ministry of interior but we have not received any feedback,” said Eyanai.

The group’s Deputy National Coordinator George Njoroge dispelled a narrative from some quarters that the government settled all IDPs saying there are still individuals who were left out.

 

“The fact that some people were integrated does not mean that they were not affected. We have a right to demand for our compensation the same way others received,” said Mr. Njoroge.

They also want the national government to reconstitute the National consultative coordination committee (NCC) to spearhead completion of pending resettlements.

The lobby group said the suspension of the committee has hampered effective settlement of the remaining group of the victims who fell prey to post election clashes witnessed in 2007/8.

“A failure to reconstitute the committee has derailed the full implementation of the agreement made between IDPS and the Government on September 26, 2015,” said the group’s National chairman Samuel Tumbo.