Migori County Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have called upon the government to fast-track the payment process to individuals that were affected by the 2007-2008 Post-election violence.
The Secretary General for IDPs in Kenya Juma Mboya while commemorating the 2008 Post-election peace treaty called upon the government to speed up the payment process of compensating to the IDPs to improve their well-being.
Mboya also asked the government to initiate the process to recognise and pass the law to commemorate the 2008 Post-Election Peace Treaty as a remembrance of the predicaments that the IDPs endured all through the displacement period.
Migori County has 4210 IDPs that were affected by the post-election violence, the majority of whom were residing in other counties at the time of Post-election violence.
He said that only 2210 individuals were partially compensated a sum of Sh50,000 in 2018 from the agreed-upon figures of Sh200,000.
Mboya noted that the government had promised to pay fully those that were partially paid and those yet to be paid according to the agreement.
“We will much appreciate if the government moved with speed and compensated the IDPs to improve the lives of those affected,” said Mboya.
The official urged the government to fully implement the IDP ACT 2012 as well as the IDP Policy to fast track and address the issues affecting the IDPs.
Mboya said that the IDP ACT 2012 aimed at providing the IDPs register, durable solutions to the IDPs, protection of communities from displacement and provide relevant assistance among others.
He thanked the International IDPs Network for standing with the affected families and championing their rights to payment to ensure that they have a decent life.
Migori IDP Julius Odengo thanked the government and the international IDPs for standing with them. He, however, asked the government to initiate the payment process and pay the remaining amount to help them move on with their lives.
He noted that the IDPs would continue to remember the peace day treaty as well as caution the future generation on the importance of peace and unity.
By Geoffrey Makokha