Elderly persons in Nakuru’s IDPs’ camp raise alarm over insecurity

Ms Margaret Wambui narrates to Journalists at her home.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Elderly persons in New Canaan IDPS’ camp in Pipeline, Gilgil sub County of Nakuru county have raised concerns over increased insecurity in the area.

Led by Margaret Wambui who is also a widow,says there is a gang of youths in the area masquereding as police officers.
She says the youths are targeting houses of the elderly threatening them at night.
According to her this is not the first incident in the area and the police are just watching.
“Am already sick and then the issue of insecurity.We are not at peace at all” she said.
Similar sentiments echoed by elderly Magadalyn Wanjiru who says the cases of insecurity are on the rise in the village.
She says they are now living in fear over the same.
The elderly Wanjiru says the youths masquerading as police officers are now a threat to the more than 900 households in the area in the name of illicit brew.
She wonders why the gang is operating on the watch of security officers from nearby Pakawa police post.
” We have police just here but this is happening with no action” she said.
Ms Muthoni Makara-a resident of the IDPs’ camp for the last 10 years says the recent insecurity incident in the area as from 9pm is a shock to them.
She says they are already stressed with the harsh economy due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the addition of insecurity is another stress that they cannot cope with.
“Let the goverment come to our rescue” she said.
This even as area Nyumba kumi officials faulted the administration.
Ms Jecinta Mwai- a nyumba kumi official in the area says the area chief has refused complains on the issue but no action has been taken.
She says the insecurity in the area started immediately the dusk to dawn curfew was declared by goverment.
“We have reported this to the area chief but no action so far” said Mwai.
The Nyumba kumi official who is also a widow now says the elderly persons in the area are living in fear.
They locals are now calling on President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene.
Bernard Kamau and Muhia Njenga on their part calling on the OCS Pakawa to restore sanity.
They also appealed to the youths to be responsible and avert involvement in criminal activities.

COVID-19:IDPs call on government to put more measures besides tax relief

IDPs officials led by Stephen Muthama addressing media in Nakuru.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Internally displaced persons have  called on the government for other alleviating measures apart from tax relief to help relieve Kenyans of the distress brought by the global COVID-19 outbreak.

The IDPs said the implications of the ongoing pandemic will be severe enough to cause massive job losses.

According to them, at  the moment causal laborers who depend on their daily earnings are already feeling the heat.

Led by the Internally displaced persons initiative (IDIPIS) organization Chief Executive Officer Stephen Muthama,they said  the consequences of the virus outbreak on the economy could lead to an increase in social vices and insecurity unless the government intervened soon.

“We are calling on government to come up with other measures besides tax relief.The consequences of the virus outbreak on the economy could lead to an increase in social vices and insecurity unless the government intervened soon”he said.

He however welcomed the government’s move to impose stringent measures and guidelines on how Kenyans should behave adding that protection of life is paramount.

Muthama wants the state to offer support to the displaced persons who mainly depended on causal jobs for their daily needs adding that with the order to stay indoors many will suffer.

He said some of the members are finding it hard to even pay house rents saying the cost of living has gone up adding that they need assistance to help them out of the biting situation.

“Our members finding it hard to even pay house rents and the government needs to step in”said Muthama.

Similar sentiments echoed by Susan Wairimu who said a lot of families are staring at tough economic times adding that with children being at home and most jobs coming to a halt, families are stranded.

Since business activities had been gravely affected by the crisis, she wants the government to intervene and try to cushion the current situation by providing lasting solutions on how a food program can be rolled out to ensure no life is lost due to hunger.

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