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Having settled all IDPs, govt turns focus on integrated victims

Mr Wachu said that the government had compensated and/or settled all IDPs who were in camps, emphasising that there currently were "no IDPs still in camps anywhere in the country". By the end of the exercice, the government resettled 11,118 IDPs.

By Jackson Okataamboleokata@gmail.comWednesday, 15 Mar 2017 16:27 EAT

The government has said that it has resettled all the internally displaced persons who were living in camps after the 2007/2008 post election violence and closed down all the camps so far. According to the National IDPs Co-ordination Committee (NCC) chairman Sheikh Aden Wachu, the government is currently profiling all integrated IDPs, whom he said will be the last group of IDPs to be compensated by the government.

Addressing the media in Nakuru at the end of a two-day meeting that brought together representatives of integrated IDPs from 31 counties, Mr Wachu said that the government had compensated and/or settled all IDPs who were in camps, emphasising that there currently were "no IDPs still in camps anywhere in the country". By the end of the exercice, the government resettled 11,118 IDPs.

The chairman said the committee is currently dealing with cases of integrated IDPs who were initially in camps before they were absorbed by family members and relatives. The chair promised that the profiling will be strict to ensure only genuine IDPs get compensated. In that regard, the profiling and verification will involve the National Iintelligence Service, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, the IDPs board and consortium, the provincial administration, the Kenya Red Cross and Kenya National Bureau of Statistics.

Some 80,000 integrated IDPs are targeted for compensation, according to Mr Wachu, who said that the compensation will be done as soon as the profiling is over.

The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County





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