The Star (Nairobi)

20 December 2012

Kenya: Patakwa IDPs Resettled At Cherangany

The government has resettled internally displaced people evicted from Patakwa Farm in Saboti during the 2007-08 post-election violence in Cherangany.

The 116 families who comprise more than 1,000 people were resettled on 300-acre Bonde Farm bought at Sh60 million.Trans Nzoia county commissioner Charity Chepkonga officially commissioned the moving of the families from the Patakwa IDP camp.

"Each of the IDPs will be allocated 2.25 acres to build a house and farm," she said. Chepkonga said police have intensified security on the farm as they wait for the construction of the houses.

She added that the provincial administration is working with the medical officer to put up a health facility on the farm. "Plans are also underway to expand Bonde primary and Bonde secondary schools to cater for the IDPs children," said Chepkonga.

The commissioner assured the IDPs that the government will continue providing relief food until they are stable. Chepkonga, however, warned the IDPS against selling the land addding that they will be issued with title deeds after the demarcation by a surveyor.

She said the government will transport them to Saboti where they have registered as voters to vote in the March 4 elections. Chepkonga added that the IDPs at Deltet Camp in saboti will be soon resettled.

Sarah Etole and Richard Mwaniki, some of the beneficiaries, thanked the government for resettling them. "we were not sure whether we will celebrate Christmas while settled. We urge the government to speed up the building of our houses," said Etole. Etole urged other Kenyans to maintain peace to avoid a repeat of the 2007-08 violence.

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