2 January 2013

Kenya: Subukia Family Wants IDPs Evicted

A family in Subukia district has appealed to the government to come to its aid after more than 200 internally displaced persons invaded their farm over the weekend.

Ann Gitau, a daugther of the farm owner, said her family fears for its safety and security of its property following the invasion that started on Friday after efforts to resettle the IDPs at a neighboring farm were thwarted.

Gitau said a bus transporting close to 50 families arrived at their neighbour's farm on Friday afternoon but the IDPs were turned away after the owner of the farm refused to allow the settle because the government had not fully paid him for the land.

"When they were driven from our neighbour's farm, they entered ours and have since refused to leave saying that they had a deadline to be resettled by New Year's day 2013," she said.

Gitau said that efforts by the family to seek help from the local police and provincial administration had borne no fruit after the officers in the various offices said they had no authority to remove the IDPs.

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