News 2008


IDPs threaten to strike

February 12, 2008


By Robert Wanyonyi and Peter Mutai

Displaced people in Trans-Nzoia District have threatened to go on a hunger strike to complain about local provincial administrator.

They claim the administrator took Sh90,000 donated by an MP to help them buy school equipment for their secondary school students.

They appealed to Rift-Valley PC, Mr Hassan Noor Hassan, to order the administrator to release the money before they go on strike.

"We are here at the camp and our children are yet to report to school because the person has refused to release the money," complained one man, who declined to be named.

He added that efforts by their leaders to follow up the matter had been futile, as the administrator threatened them with arrest and ejection from the camp.

Meanwhile, former Agriculture minister, Mr Kipruto Kirwa, has complained about the food distributed in camps in his former Cherengany constituency.

Speaking in Kitale, Kirwa hit out at the Provincial Administration for "distributing afflatoxin-laden maize" to violence victims.

"These people are being killed slowly by corrupt provincial administrators who are interchanging good maize brought by the Government and other aid agencies with maize full of afflatoxin," said Kirwa.

He challenged the Minister for Special Programmes, Dr Naomi Shaban, to tour the constituency and ascertain the situation. "Im ready to camp at the gates of State House for as long as it takes if that is what will make the President act on the matter," said Kirwa.

And two MPs have criticised the Government for neglecting displaced people in Mogotio and Rongai constituencies.

They claimed that the Government was biased in attending to the plight of the displaced, adding that only those camping in urban areas were being catered for.

Prof Hellen Sambili (Mogotio) and Mr Luka Kigen (Rongai) expressed concern over the plight of women and children in makeshift camps.

The legislators made the remarks at the weekend after touring Kisanana DOs office in Mogotio and Ogilgei Nursery School in Rongai, where hundreds of displaced families are camping.

Kigen said people in the two camps had not been given tents, clean drinking water, blankets and food.