Vihiga IDPs say the payment list riddled with fake names

Vihiga county Internally Displaced Persons have raised concern over the manner in which funds allocated to them by the National government has been disbursed.

They have claimed that the list used to pay the IDPs was not genuine and want the government to halt the payments until their pleas were addressed.

Led by peace ambassador chairman Simon Muchiri, the IDPs claimed the list being used to pay the victims of the post-election violence in 2007 was fake.

We know the genuine IDPs in Vihiga County and therefore this list does not represent us. The list has only two genuine IDPs out of about 350 names that are on the list, said Muchiri.

He added that the government has disbursed about Sh 17.1 million towards their resettlement and each person was to receive Sh 50,000.

We had received Sh 10,000 in the first batch without anomalies but this second batch must be stopped because it has many irregularities, said Muchiri.

He said in Kisii County, the payment had to be stopped because it had anomalies and there was no need in effecting the payments in Vihiga County which also had anomalies.

The IDPs who were speaking at the County commissioner’s office headquarters in Mbale town appealed to the government to stop the payments through the KCB bank to enable them come out with genuine list.

We are very surprised because the list is indicating that some IDPs should get up to Sh. 2.5 million yet all of us are entitled to Sh 50,000.The Criminal Investigations Department should also investigate the list to ascertain who were paid large sums of money, said Jane Nyambura one of the IDPs.

However, Vihiga County Commissioner Pauline Dola was out on official duty and efforts by Deputy County Commissioner Susan Waweru to calm them hit the wall.

When the press asked for her comments, she said she was not in position to comment on the matter since she was still liaising with her boss for the next course of action.

County Police Commander Ms. Sarah Duncan said the payments should be stopped to verify the genuine IDPs to be compensated.

I think the payment should be stopped as we ascertain the real beneficiaries of the funds disbursed by the National government, said Ms. Duncan.

Source: Kenya News Agency