The Star (Nairobi)

14 February 2013

Kenya: Mai Mahiu IDPs Refuse Shifting to Laikipia

IDPs living in Mai Mahiu in Naivasha have refused to be resettled in the dry area of Weumererie in Laikipia county.The resettlement involves the first phase of more than 100 families living at Jikaze IDP camp.

The IDPs said they had already settled in Mai Mahiu where they had built permanent houses, some with water and electricity. They said the new land in Laikipia was not arable and moving to the area will mean starting afresh.

"Some NGOs have constructed permanent homes for some of the IDPs and we want the government to help us from here," said Harun Chege, a resident of the camp.

Chege's sentiments were echoed by Rose Nyambura who said the IDPs had already made Mai Mahiu their home and do not want to be taken to Laikipia.

Safina presidential candidate Paul Muite said he will sue the government if it moves the IDPs against their wish.

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