The Kenyan government said it would close all internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps by the end of September and has set aside 3.3 billion shillings ($37.8 million) to resettle the remaining 8,298 households, Kenya's Daily Nation reported Thursday (September 5th).
Every IDP household is set to receive 400,000 shillings ($4,600) to buy land and an extra 10,000 ($115) shillings for housing as they look for land.
"Resettlement of IDPs is a key component in assuring Kenya's long-term stability and the Jubilee Government is fully committed to taking steps to resolve this matter," Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru told reporters in Nairobi on Thursday. "We want to ensure that those who were unwillingly uprooted from their homes and livelihoods find a way into normal society."
Residents of camps in Eldoret, Maai Mahiu and Camp Kembu in Mau Forest will be the first to receive the money, as these camps are due to close Friday.
About 1,200 people were killed and about 300,000 were displaced during the 2007-2008 post-election violence, according to the United Nations.