14 February 2012

Kenya: Bett Blows Whistle On Fake Mau IDPs' Bid for New Home

ROADS minister Franklin Bett has expressed fears over the resettlement of none Mau Internally Displaced Persons at the Kuresoi settlement scheme by the government. The minister appealed to the chairman of the Mau Rehabilitation and Re-settlement Programme Hassan Noor Hassan to vet and ensure the resettlement exercise is not used for political expediency.

Speaking during a vernacular Radio talk show (kitwek FM), the minister warned that anyone trying to meddle with the settlement of Mau IDPs will be resisted by the people and Kenyans of goodwill.

The Bureti MP said that a list compiled by a group of spiritual leaders from the area and handed over to the head of the exercise Hassan Noor to reconcile with his had found the right people. "We cannot accept people masquerading as IDPs yet they are comfortably living in their homes while others have been languishing in makeshift tents for the last two years," Bett said.

Welcoming the move to settle others at Kipkabus-Chemusyan farm in Uasin-Gishu district, Bett praised the minister for Lands and settlement James Orengo and the government adding that the same should be extended to those evicted from Kipkurere and Embobut forests in the North Rift to remove what he termed as an "eyesore".

Bett lashed at at some people that he said are seeking audience with President Kibaki over petty issues that can be brilliantly handled by Lands minister James Orengo. "This people are just trying to make political mileage on small issues that Hon James Orengo has already addressed. They should be shunned by everyone," Bett said.

The minister said Kenyans will soon see the emergence of another political party that will bring together all politicians and parties headed by the members of the G7 group. "Those who left ODM then went to UDM and now URP...should be ready to move further to another party to face their original party in the general election," he said he is still considering whether he will vie for the ODM chairmanship against Tinderet MP Henry Kosgey. "Kosgey and I are one and we will finally agree and our people should not feel by opposing him I am driving a wedge between our communities," the minister said.

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