Govt to resettle IDPs before El Nino rains onset

Deputy President William Ruto says the government will resettle the remaining batch of internally displaced persons before the El Nino rains begin.

Ruto said the government has set aside 2 billion shillings this year to compensate and resettle the IDPS.

Ruto handed over 45.4 million shillings to over 200 families in Mai Mahiu and called for unity among Kenyans, saying the post election violence that followed the disputed 2007 general election had taught Kenyans lessons that must not be forgotten.

About seven years ago some Kenyans were rendered homeless following the 2007, 2008 post election violence. Even though a number of them were resettled and have began life a new, some have not been so lucky.

And with the looming El Nino rains, this lot is fearing for the worst. Addressing internally displaced persons in Mai Mahiu in Nakuru County Deputy President William Ruto was categorical that the remaining batch of IDPS must be settled before the El Nino rains for their welfare.

Ruto said the government has so far spent over 17 billion shillings to compensate and resettle IDPS, adding that  two billion shillings has been set aside for the same purpose in this financial year.

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Ann Waiguru said in the second phase of the compensation the government will look at the plight of over 80,000 IDPS who are yet to be compensated.

Ruto used the platform to call for unity saying Kenyans should never again shed blood on the basis of political differences.

Leaders accompanying him among them Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua echoed their support for the Deputy President expressing optimism that the charges he faces at the International Criminal court will be dropped.

Over 200 families received 45.4 million shillings as part of the ongoing compensation.