About 7,000 people in Kisii displaced during the 2007/2008 post-election violence can now put a smile on their faces after the government released money for their compensation. The names of the 7,000 people set for compensation was compiled after a special team set up to work with the Office of the President and after vetting a list was forwarded to the National Coordination Consultative Committee on IDPs (NCCC) by the IDPs Network Patron Evans Misati.
In his tour to Kisii County on Tuesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta issued a Cheque worth Sh358 million at Masimba Secondary School playground and promised another Sh460 million to be issued to Nyamira County IDPs on Wednesday.
"This has been a thorny issue among the Gusii community. We promised to deal with the issue and never again should Kenya face such a mess," said Uhuru.
He added: “We do not wish to go back to the kind of violence experienced in Kenya during the 2007 General Election,” the President said.
The IDPs have been demanding Sh200,000 each to buy land just like their counterparts in Central and Rift Valley regions.