Parliament Unanimously Adopts Report on IDP Resettlement

Published By Collins Omondi on 2012-08-07

Kenya ParliamentThursday August 2nd 2012, Parliament unanimously adopted the Report of the ad hoc Parliamentary Select Committee on Resettlement of IDPs. The report which was tabled by Hon Ekwee Ethuro comprehensively documents challenges faced by IDPs including the deplorable living conditions in camps, lack of compensation for lost property and livelihoods, lack of transparency and corruption in the IDP profiling and resettlement process, and inadequate peace and reconciliation efforts across the country. Further integrated IDPs and persons displaced by flooding, evictions, resource-based conflicts and ethnic clashes in 1992 and 1997 have largely been ignored by the State.

Key recommendations of the report include: Government to immediately undertake an inclusive and public IDP re-vetting exercise to isolate fake IDPs from genuine ones, provide and support all integrated IDPs, extend IDP resettlement programme to include historical IDPs and squatters, accelerate payment of monies to remaining IDPs and fast track the adoption of the National IDP policy and legal framework.

The Minister of State for Special Programmes, Hon Esther Murugi embraced the report in its entirety but lamented that her ministry lacks resources to implement the Committee’s recommendations. She called on legislators to ensure that her ministry gets adequate funds to enable her implement the recommendations. Nonetheless she pointed out the her ministry has been working on some of the issues address in the report including re-vetting of IDPs, payment of hospital bills for PEV IDPs and fast tracking the resettlement of IDPs.

Hon Ekwee Ethuro thanked the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights and the Protection Working Group on Internal Displacement:

“for their support and valuable input in understanding of the IDPS situation in the country and in developing the national policy for the prevention of internal displacements, protection and assistance of IDPs in Kenya and the draft IDPs Bill.”

The IDP Bill is set to be tabled in parliament for second reading on Tuesday 07th August 2012 .

Attachments to be downloaded on our reports download section

Parliamentary Select Committee Report