No cash for displaced, says PC
Published on May 30, 2008, 12:00 am
By Steve Mkawale and Beatrice Obwocha
The Government has ruled out cash compensation for those who lost relatives and property in the post-election violence.
Instead, Rift Valley PC Hassan Noor Hassan said, the Government would assist the 180,000 people who had returned to their homes in the past few weeks to resettle.
“It is impossible for the Government to compensate anyone for loss of lives and destruction of property,” he said.
“We are starting to offer assistance tomorrow to families who went back to Kipkelion District and then those in Molo will be next,” he added.
But the administrator declined to specify the kind of assistance the Government would give victims of the post-election violence.
More than 1,000 people died and thousands were injured during the post-election chaos in January and February following the announcement of presidential results.
Hassan was addressing displaced people in Molo District as he launched Operation Ujirani Mwema (Good Neighbourliness) aimed at reconciling ‘rival’ communities.
During the meeting on Wednesday, the PC asked those who looted shops and houses to return the stolen property as a sign of good faith.