By Emmanuel Mukavi
The Internal Displaced Persons representatives from Bungoma county urged the government to intervene and give money to the victims of the 2007/2008 post-election violence.
They were led by Godwin Karioki the chairperson of the Bungoma Integrated Displaced Persons who voiced their concerns during a press meeting in one of the hotels in Bungoma.
Nine leaders from different Community-Based Organisations (CBO) held a meeting to air the challenges that are being faced by IDPs amid the Covid-19 pandemic in Bungoma county.
The chairperson Mr. Karioki said that since the onset of the pandemic they have been pausing different challenges in their life despite the promise from the government to compensate the victims.
“The government had promised to compensate the victims with two hundred thousand shillings each but only a few got the amount and the rest are still waiting for the money from the government” paused Mr. Karioki.
This comes amid the government’s promise to compensate the victims of post-election violence victims. President Uhuru Kenyatta in the year 2017 promised that his administration will compensate the Victims.
“We understand there is the unresolved matter of IDPs. Be they in Bomet, Kericho, Nyandarua, Kisumu, Bungoma or Busia we shall compensate each of them wherever they are” said the President
According to Mr. Karioki, Bungoma county has seven thousand Internal Displaced Persons who are still waiting to be compensated. They are located in the sub-counties within Bungoma counties such as Tongaren, Kimilili, and Mt Elgon with the highest number of victims.
In addition, he warned that there are unknown people who are registering names of the IDPs laying that they will aid them to acquire the compensation money from the government. He urged the victims to keep them off and that they could fraud their properties and that they are not identified, victims nor leaders.
He was echoed by Dominic Kamau the organizing secretary and also Kimilili Ebeneezer CBO who said that the victims are experiencing a hard life to make their living amid the pandemic.
He said that Kimilili has one thousand and six hundred IDPs who are still waiting to be compensated. The 3,576 were compensated with 50,000 shillings each and the rest have not received their money.