Displaced to go home, says PC
Published on March 20, 2008, 12:00 am
By Standard Reporters
The Government will in the next one month move displaced people living in various camps in Rift Valley Province.
Mr Hassan Noor Hassan, Rift Valley PC, said his office was working out ways to ensure that the displaced returned to their homes.
“In the next one month, we believe we shall have emptied all the camps in the province,” he said.
Hassan was speaking when he received the Canadian Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr Deepak Obhrai, in his office on Wednesday.
He said the Government would help rebuild their homes plough their farms, and ensure their security.
The PC, however, said it was impossible to convince IDPs to return home without the involvement of the elected leaders.
Said Hassan: “Since the leadership in the region sanctioned the violence, it is time they came to the ground and talked to the people to embrace one another.”
He said the showground camp was being prepared for the annual agricultural show in July, saying those camping there should leave.
Obhrai praised the peace accord signed by President Kibaki and ODM leader, Mr Raila Odinga.
He said Kenya had for a long time represented a stable democracy and the violence that rocked the country after the elections sent panic to the international community.
Meanwhile, displaced people in Nakuru have cautioned against the appointment to the Cabinet of MPs implicated in post-election violence. They said appointment of such leaders would be rewarding criminals.
“Any MP mentioned in relation to the violence should be left out of the Cabinet until their cases are investigated, heard, and determined,” said Mr Peter Mbae, the chairman of the Post-Election Violence Victims Forum.
And Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organisation is calling for counselling of the displaced before they returned to their homes.
The organisation’s national treasurer, Ms Noami Okul, said this would help prevent the temptation of seeking solace through drug abuse, withdrawal, and depression.
She was speaking during the opening of a psychological trauma-counselling seminar in Nakuru.