28 February 2013

Kenya: IDPs Threaten to Demarcate Nyandarua Land in 14 Days

IDPs in Nyandarua have protested over delay in demarcating the land on which they were resettled three years ago.

The 174 IDP families were relocated to Muhu Farm at Kanjuiri Ridge in Milangine but have been living in tents as the government has allegedly failed to clear the outstanding balance for the land purchase.

The IDPs said there is a court battle between the government and the landowner. They gave the government 14 days to pay the balance or else they invade the farm and demarcate it themselves.

The IDPs were led by their spokesperson Sarah Muthoni and camp secretary Joseph Njoroge. They said the IDPs have not cultivated the land as a result of the ownership dispute and are now depend- ing on relief food.

Muthoni said the relief food is not enough and they should be helped to pro- duce their own. She said the elderly and children are suffering in the tents as the conditions are deplorable.

Njoroge said the dispute should be addressed to enable them use the land for production. He accused the goverment of neglecting them after they were relocated. He said the government has been concentrating on re- settling other IDPs.

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