IDPs vow to vote against President Kenyatta

IDP demonstrate in the past.
IDP demonstrate in the past.

Victims of 2007/2008 post-election violence are now threatening to vote out the Jubilee Government if they are not compensated immediately.

The more than 5,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Uasin Gishu and Kakamega Counties staged demonstrations in Turbo area at the border of the two counties, demanding that the government fulfills its promise of resettling all IDPs.

The government allocated Ksh6 billion for the final resettlement of IDPs in the 2016/2017 National Budget, but it appears that there are still people who have not been settled yet going into the General Election.

Led by their county coordinators George Njoroge and Simon Kamau, they now demand that the government releases the Ksh6 billion that had previously been allocated to them in the national budget.

“The government has neglected us and compensated fake IDPs while we the genuine ones still suffer in poverty. We would be forced to vote for an opposition candidate in the coming elections if this government cannot settle us,” said George Njoroge.

They also blamed the CS for Finance, Henry Rotich, for failing to disburse the money yet it had been allocated in the budget.

“If CS Rotich is the one adamant to release the money, sack him. We want the money before the General Election,” said one of the IDPs

Edited by Michael Majanga


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