Plea to compensate neglected victims of 2007 poll violence

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

Victims of the 2007/8 post election violence want the government to factor their compensation dues in the 2.7 trillion 2020/21 budgetary estimates set to be read by finance cabinet secretary Ukur Yatani.

The victims through their lobby group, National internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Network, called on Mr. Yatani to effectively capture their interest which they said is long overdue.

“The president is on record calling for setting up of a Sh 10 billion fund to address compensation for victims of historical injustices yet this is not forthcoming but this has never happened,” said the lobby’s coordinator Raphael Eyanai.

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

He said the group which comprises about 170, 000 members feels shortchanged since funds meant for their compensation are always channeled to government emergency kitties instead.

Eyanai 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,” he said.

Last year, former Auditor-General Edward Ouko raised the alarm over the irregular payment of millions of shillings to individuals masquerading as victims of the poll violence

The government has so far spent Sh 19.5 billion in IDP related programmes since the year 2008 geared towards improving the livelihoods of the affected households.

Members of the network who are yet to be compensated by the government said they have been suffering with their families since falling prey to evictions from their former homesteads.