Intergrated IDPs in Nakuru now want compensation before August Polls

Over 1,000 integrated Internally Displaced Persons from 11 sub counties in Nakuru on Tuesday stormed the County Commissioner`s offices demanding that the government should address their grievances.

The IDP`s led by Molok Kiprop held hours of protests demanding the government to immediately honor its promise to pay Ksh.400, 000 to each profiled integrated IDP.

“What we want is the Government to honor its promise to pay Ksh.400, 000 to each profiled integrated IDP” said Kiprop.

Meanwhile, police had a difficult time to contain the irate IDP`s that at one point paralyzed activities in Nakuru Town.

The IDP`s accused the government of not taking serious the 2013 promise and treating them as second class citizens and demanded that the government release Ksh.7.5 Billion allocated to them in the 2016-2017 budget.

Kiprop said the protest had been sparked by word going round in government circles implying that the money may have been misappropriated by authorities or embezzled.

“The victims of the 2007-2008 post poll skirmishes will not allow the country to go peacefully to another election before the IDP`s are duly settled by the state” he said.

However while addressing the IDPs, Nakuru County Commissioner Joshua Nkanatha quelled refuted wide spread rumors of money having been misappropriated or embezzled.

Nkanatha said the process of settling profiled integrated IDP`s was complete and the government was processing the money to settle them before the general election.

“I know we are human beings, but let me assure you than no money has been embezzled as rumors are going around. The money is in process and only genuine cases will be considered for the compensation program to commence soon” he said.

Nakuru County still has the scars of the 2007-2008 post poll violence and ten years later, the County records unprecedented compensation claims from people that insist they were displaced by the skirmishes and should legally be compensated by the state.