Mau evictees demand audience with government


Mau evictees demand audience with government

Nearly fourteen years after the eviction of 70,000 people from the Mau Forest, the evictees are demanding an audience with the government.

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The employees are accusing the government of focusing on politics, while they wallow in poverty after being forced out of their homes.

Weeks after the release of the Building Bridges Initiative report, the 2006 Mau Forest evictees, among them are 4,000 Integrated Displaced Persons in the 2007-2008 post-election violence are threatening not to support the report accusing the government of failing to address their plight.

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Through their representative Paul Mosibei, the evictees from the Eastern Mau bloc say they had been promised that their lives would resume to normalcy within a year but so far they continue to live in squalor conditions.

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Mosibei is now urging the government to launch an inquest on the inventory of land reportedly purchased in Narok County for the evictees in a funds drive championed by leaders in 2006.

The IDPs affiliated to Kenya National Internally Displaced Persons Network Organization have further accused the government of failing to address their demands saying that their attempts to pursue their claims from the government have been thwarted by local administration officers.

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Elsewhere, a group of internally displaced persons in Nakuru is calling for the implementation of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission report through the Building Bridges Initiative.

The group which largely consists of victims of post-election violence argues that the BBI as it does not address historical injustices which they say are key to entrenching unity in the country.

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As the Building Bridges Initiative enters its second phase, internally displaced persons want their plight captured in the report.  

Speaking in Nakuru , the victims of post-election violence said that Kenyans must never lose hindsight  of historical injustices as they hold the key to meaningful reconciliation.

The IDP’s called for the implementation of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission report whose contents were shelved in 2008.

The BBI report already recommends a raft of remedial measures on how Kenya can cure itself from the effects of divisive elections.

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