Governor calls for transparency in Solai resettlement plan

Nakuru Governor, Lee Kinyanjui has urged the Multi-agency committee spearheading resettlement of Solai Dam tragedy victims to uphold transparency, while carrying out their mandate.

Kinyanjui noted that similar resettlement and compensation efforts for victims of disaster and misfortunes had been embroiled in controversy, due to lack of accountability by persons tasked with those responsibilities.

The governor singled out resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons, following the 2007/2008 tribal clashes, as one of the government programmes that had been compromised due to lack of integrity.

He recalled the frustrations encountered as the lists of victims kept changing and therefore making it difficult to establish genuine victims.

The governor was speaking in Solai during the commissioning of a multi-sectoral committee charged with the restoration of Solai following the tragic dam accident that left 47 dead and hundreds displaced.

The committee comprises of officers from the national and county governments, victims, humanitarian agencies, religious organizations and political leaders.

Rift Valley Regional Commissioner, Mongo Chimwanga will head the committee mandated to ensure that all the victims were fully settled and compensated.

He said the County Government of Nakuru will cater for sectors under devolved functions, while the national government will take up the rest.

Subukia MP, Samuel Gachobe called on victims of the Solai dam tragedy to be patient as the committee carries out its work, adding that those politicizing the tragedy issue should cease forthwith.

He added that the tracing desk at the Solai DO’s office was still open for information on the tragedy.

Source: Kenya News Agency