News 2008


Kenyan government plans to build houses for IDPs

11. Feb. 2008

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenya government has said it will cover the cost o f rebuilding houses for the more than 300,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) and of resettling them as a result of the post-election violence that has also c l aimed over 1,000 lives in the past six weeks.

The commitment came less than a week after President Mwai Kibaki announcement th at he had set up a US$ 42 mitigation fund to resettle the IDPs now living in ove r 200 camps around the country.

President Kibaki said the government would facilitate the resettlement of the ID Ps, most of who want the government to facilitate their repatriation to ancestral homes.

“It was futile to burn your neighbour’s house because the government has finalis ed plans to rebuild homes that were torched. We have committed ourselves to rebu i lding house for the displaced persons and also resettling people evicted from th e ir homes,” Kibaki said in Kiswahili, the East African country’s national language.

Kenya is reeling under post-election violence that has triggered ethnic hate, wh ich has touched off a flurry of international activities to douse it before it spirals out of control.

The UN has set up a panel of African Eminent Personalities chaired by former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan to mediate between President Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga, who is widely believed to have won the 27 December presidential poll.

Nairobi - 11/02/2008