The government has set aside Sh832 million to resettle over 2,000 families evicted from the Mau water catchment area, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.
He said each family will receive Sh400,000 to enable them to settle down and engage in income generating activities.
The President was speaking at Kaptembo and Kipkoris IDP camps in Nakuru County where he presented cheques to the forest evictees. He advised beneficiaries to spend the money prudently.
President Kenyatta further urged the forest evictees and other internally displaced persons to forget the past and join other Kenyans in growing the economy.
He assured them that the government would remove caveats placed on land in Kuresoi area to enable residents to transact land businesses.
The President added that removal of the restrictions would enable IDPs to purchase land and settle in a familiar environment.The President directed Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu, who was at the meeting, to ensure the caveats were removed in a fortnight's time.
President Kenyatta appealed to all Kenyans to maintain peace, saying harmonious co-existence would accord leaders the chance to address other development challenges facing the country.
"Live in peace with your neighbours. Every community in the country counts in development. Let us resolve differences amicably." He said
The President called for concerted efforts to conserve forests and asked Kenyans to plant trees in their farms as a commercial enterprise.
Deputy President William Ruto affirmed the Jubilee Coalition's commitment to ensuring the issue of IDPs was resolved once and for all.He said the resettlement of IDPs was fulfilling one of the pledges the Coalition made during the campaign period.