Post Election violence victims cry foul over compensation

National Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Network coordinator Raphael Eyanai addresses journalists at the lobby’s headquarters in Kitale. Photo/Aspect News

Victims of the 2007/8 post election violence are accusing senior officials at the Ministry of Interior and National Coordination of frustrating efforts to settle compensation dues owed to170, 000 victims.

The victims through their lobby group, National internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Network, alleged the said officials have defied several directives by President Uhuru Kenyatta on settling all victims of historical injustices.

“The president in his recent addresses to parliament called for setting up of a Sh 10 billion fund to address compensation for victims of historical injustices yet this is not forthcoming,” said the lobby’s coordinator Raphael Eyanai.

Mr. Eyanai said those frustrating them seem to have diverted the funds elsewhere since they have begun alleging that the government settled all displaced individuals across the country yet it is not the case.

“We call on parliament to carry out an inquest to ascertain why the officials are dilly dallying in actualizing the directive by the president on settling this matter for once,” he noted.

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 group’s representative in Nyandarua county Margaret Mwangi said they have met all the requirements as demanded by the ministry to facilitate compensation yet they have waited for feedback in vain.

“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 Mrs. Mwangi.

Mr. Mark Korir, a member of the lobby, 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.

“We are willing to appear before any government agency to justify our claims to demystify a narrative coined by some officers who allege we were compensated,” said Mr. Korir.