Devolution CS Anne Waiguru has allegedly shut the door for Luo, Luhya, Kisii and other victims and survivors of 2007/08 post-election violence who returned to their rural areas in Western and Nyanza regions.
The victims, predominantly Luos, Luhyas and Kisiis, witnessed the worst horrors of the post-election violence, mostly meted out by Pro-PNU Kikuyu youths and the Mungiki, whose actions were traced to orders allegedily given by Uhuru Kenyatta then Deputy Prime Minister, according to the Pre-Trial Briefs recently released by the Prosecutor.
Pro-government youths committed rapes, forcefully circumcised Luo men and killed scores, some butchered with machetes in broad daylight. In certain cases, victims were shot dead then gun wounds cut with machetes to conceal the involvement of law enforcement.
According to the ICC, the events in Nakuru, Limuru and Naivasha constituted crimes against humanity. However, the survivors remain the most unnoticed in the later scheme of things.
â€˜We canâ€™t go back to the integrated IDPsâ€™, Ms Waiguru was quoted as saying when confronted with the discriminatory nature of compensation.
IDPs of Kikuyu extraction have been the biggest beneficiaries of the violence, many getting as high as sh400,000 per household for resettlement and state-purchased land. Kalenjin IDPs have received sh 200,000, same as some Kikuyu IDPs in Kalenjin areas.
For the Luhya, Kisii and Luo IDPs, which are often referred to as ‘returnees’, the highest amount a section of them got was sh 10,000.
Nation Columnist Otieno Otieno has warned the bias in compensating IDPs doesn’t auger well for national cohesion. NCIC is yet to comment on the issue.
Read more on IDP DISCRIMINATION HERE as reported by Nation Media in various dates