By Kenan Miruka
Public Works Minister Chris Obure and Assistant Minister for Trade Manson Nyamweya asked the Ministry of Special Programmes to audit the list of IDPs recently paid Sh55 million as compensation, claiming some impostors had been paid.
Last week, IDPs held demonstrations in Gucha and Nyamira accusing the Government of leaving genuine victims out of the exercise.
Addressing an Orange Democratic Movement delegates meeting at Ibacho in Kisii County, Mr Obure accused the Provincial Administration of excluding genuine IDPs while including their relatives during the profiling exercise in 2009.
“A week ago, the Ministry of Special Programmes launched the disbursement of funds meant to compensate victims of the 2008 post poll chaos in Kisii. We have realised that impostors have been paid while genuine victims continue to suffer,” said Obure.
The Bobasi MP said in some districts, names of chiefs and their relatives appear as IDPs.
“We demand that the ministry re-looks at the list of persons who received the cash and ensure all those left out of the exercise are compensated,” he said.
Nyamweya asked the ministry to handle IDPs across the country uniformly.
“By giving Sh10,000 as initial compensation to some IDPs in Kisii and Nyamira counties, the minister acknowledged that they exist. The ministry should pay the additional money or build houses and purchase land for these victims as well,” said Nyamweya.
He added: “The ministry should not appear to favour some communities while compensating IDPs.”