IDPs up in arms over alleged anomaly in compensation

Hundreds of 2007/2008 post-election violence IDPs in Kisii County Monday stormed into the area County Commissioner’s office demanding that their names be included in the list of beneficiaries targeted for compensation.

This follows the recent President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit to the region where he announced that 7, 000 IDPs in the county be compensated with Shs.50, 000 each.

The IDPs, who came from all sub counties, alleged that there were cartels placed strategically to have the names in the original list replaced so that they miss out.

Abel Onyancha who claimed he was internally displaced from Kericho called upon the County Commissioner (CC), Samwel Njora to intervene by counterchecking the list to ascertain only deserving beneficiaries were assisted.

Another IDP, Samwel Kenyatta, said he received the first Shs.10, 000 during the initial compensation and has been waiting for more funds in vain.

Flashing his special IDPs card, Kenyatta alleged that names of genuine IDPs were missing from the list that Kenya Commercial Bank was using to compensate them.

However, CC Njora moved to calm the charged crowd by addressing them at the Gusii stadium where he promised that only genuine IDPs would benefit.

Njora promised to work with area chiefs who would assist in verifying the genuine IDPs and asked anyone with queries to present them to the chiefs and their assistants, who were expected to know the residents in their jurisdiction.

He promised not to use any list made by their purported patrons as they may contain fake names, and called upon the leaders to present themselves for compensation just like any other IDPs.

The CC noted that the IDPs would each get Shs.49, 500 due to the bank’s transaction fee adding that those who had received S0, 000 earlier would not receive any more compensation.

Njora sent a stern warning to imposters saying they would be found out after the name and national identity number were harmonized during the payment.

He called upon those whose names would be missing to report immediately for action.

Source: Kenya News Agency