News 2008


Team to Settle Chaos Victims

The Nation (Nairobi)

7 March 2008


A new department has been established to oversee the resettlement of internally displaced people in the country.

The new Directorate for Resettlement, plus National Humanitarian Assistance Fund, are to assist internally displaced people in farming areas to regain their livelihoods through provision of free seeds and other farming inputs, President Kibaki said.

Speaking during official State Opening of Parliament, the Head of State said the government was also designing an emergency programme for economic reconstruction and restoration.

"The programme will mobilize resources locally and internationally to be used in repairing and reconstructing infrastructure that were badly damaged during the violence," he said.

The fund has an initial endowment of Sh1 billion for provision of humanitarian assistance and resettling of the displaced people.

The post-election violence left more than 1,000 people killed, 300,000 displaced and property worth billions burnt or looted.

The displaced people are living in pathetic conditions in camps in Nairobi, Nakuru, Eldoret, Kakamega, Kisumu and Kitale. Others fled to Uganda.