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Thursday, 22 Jun 2017 11:27 EATlmwihaki@kenyafreepress.com
NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga has rekindled the sad memories of the 2007/08 Post Election Violence and accused the Jubilee government of selectively compensating Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in vote hunting mission.
Highlighting the case of Mr Bernard Ndege who lost his entire family during the PEV but had not been compensated by the government, Mr Odinga said, "It is so unfortunate that almost 10 years down the line, those who were displaced and their property destroyed are yet to be compensated."
Addressing supporters at Kamere grounds in Naivasha, the Opposition leader claimed there were more than 5,000 IDPs in Naivasha who were living in poverty and were yet to receive a penny from the government.
Raila cited the recent compensation to IDPs in Kisii terming the gesture by President Kenyatta suspicious wondering how come compensation is done this time when the government had announced the closure of the chapters of IDP compensation. He termed it as skewed distribution of IDP cash, as some communities received more money than others.
“The IDPs received a paltry Sh50, 000 compared to their counterparts in other areas who got more than 400, 000,” claimed the NASA presidential chief. He promised to compensate the IDP’s in Naivasha who have been neglected by the government if he ascends to power.
He told the crowd that under NASA the region would experience industrial peace and job security, saying the Jubilee government had done little to protect the workers.
The politician in unrelated issue claimed that the idea of extending the Standard Gauge Railway line to Naivasha was meant to benefit few influential individuals.
“We are aware that the project is designed to pass at private farms which will in turn benefit the group that is close to power,” he said. He added that the initial plan for the Standard Gauge Railway was that it runs from Mombasa to Kisumu through Naivasha but Jubilee hijacked the plan for it to end in Naivasha.
"We wanted this SGR to run to where there is a port and an International airport but Jubilee's greed has changed the entire thing," he said.
The alliance’s co-principal, Mr Musalia Mudavadi, accused President Kenyatta and his deputy of taking credit for projects initiated by the coalition government. “If the retired President Mwai Kibaki failed in developing the country as they are alleging, then they are products of the failed government,” he said.
Mr Mudavadi said the two have persistently accused NASA leaders of not having done much during their tenure in government, yet the duo was also serving in the same regime.