Motion at the Senate: Profiling and resettling of IDPs

Published By Abdia Abdikalla on 2013-07-02

The senate is expected to vote on profiling and resettling of IDPs in Kenya. The motion was moved by Laikipia Senator G. G kariuki. The senator said that thousands of persons displaced over the last twenty years are living in deplorable conditions after loss of property and disruption of livelihood.

He acknowledged the efforts undertaken by the government, donors, civil society groups and individuals to alleviate the suffering of IDPs. He noted that the number of IDPs in the camps is growing continuously and the government lacked reliable, comprehensive and disaggregated data on IDPs.

He urges the Government to profile all the current IDPs and to take urgent and immediate steps towards attainment of durable solution.The Upper House discussed the motion with many senators supporting it while others wanted it to be amended to include other displacement as far as 1895.

Hon Henry Ndiema, the Senator for Trans Nzoia, requested for the motion to be amended to include all those displaced from 1895.

‘I beg to move that the Motion be amended by deleting the words “over the last 20 years” appearing in the first line and substituting thereof the words “since 1895.” And further by deleting the word “current” appearing in the second last line’ Said the Senator.

The Senate minority leader Hon. Moses Wetangula, opposed both the motion and the amendment. He was of the opinion that public funds should not be used to resettle IDPs unless those responsible for castigating the violence are held accountable. His Kakamega counterpart Dr. Bonny Khalwale requested the Auditor general to account for the money set aside for resettling of IDPs in the 2009/10 and 2011/12 financial year budgets before the lower house.

Both the Motion and theamendment were lost as the senate voted by delegation as the matter was affecting counties. (When the Senate votes by the delegations, you need to acquire a minimum of 24 counties to be able to carry whatever business that is required for counties).

See: http://www.parliament.go.ke/plone/senate/business/hansard (June 25th -26th 2013)