Sigh of relief as organization offers IDPS .
Construction of housing boosted resettlement and integration of rival communities
When she hosted five Mps in her incomplete mud-walled house, I say belied the problems we has undergone following the violence that broke out after the last General election.Muthoni’s house at Chepkanga in Uasin Gishu and Trans Nzoia Districts was destroyed during the chaos, but she is a beneficiary of a housing programme for IDPs by International Organization for Migration (IOM) . it has constructed 300 two bedroomed housing units in Uasin Gishu.Though her permanent house was destroyed, she got one of the 100 semi –permanent housing units constructed by IOM and has since settled on her farm. During the visit by the MPs who are members of the Amani Forum, she did not have furniture , but she was happy a year of staying in a tent, she has shelter.
Two Bed-Roomed Houses.
The mother of seven told The Standard that living in a tent, one of the 100 semi-permanent housing units constructed by IOM and has since settled on her farm.. During the visit by the MPs whoa re members of the Amani Forum, she did not have furniture , but she was happy that after a year of staying in a tent , she has shelter.
Two Roomed Houses.
The mother of seven told The Standard that living in a tent was challenging.
“I have children and it was difficult playing my role during my stay at the Eldoret show ground, “She says. Muthoni stayed at the Eldoret showground and Chepkanga transitional camps for one year.
However, the dilapidated structures in her compound that was one her house and a disused borehole, serve as a reminder of what her home looked like before the violence.
Muthoni explains that she has started interacting with her neighbors and they have forgiven each other.“During the walling of my house, my neighbors assisted and we interacted and resolved to live in peace ,” she says. She says she is not bitter and is working on improving the relationship with her neighbours. Another beneficiary, Mr Peter Kuria Muraya, say the construction of he houses had enabled him to resettle on their land with his family.
“Living in the tent for the past year has been a challenge and the construction of the houses by IOM has given us hope,” he says. The IDPs moving back to their farms say they are committed to reconciling with their neighbors and forging ahead with development.
“Without peace there is little we can achieve. That is why we are working on improving our relations, “says Johnstone S. Wanjala. Those returning to their farms, however, lack basic household facilities. The violence also affected their sources of income and majorities are unable to fend for their families. “The main challenge we are experiencing is educating our children, especially those in secondary schools, “Said Johnstone
According to IOM field coordinator, Robert Odhiambo , the organization has helped build 700 houses. Mr. Odhiambo said the organization had built 100 units for families in Chepkanga, 140 in Bindura and 50families benefited in Ilula in Uasin GIshu District .Trans Nzoia, Mt.elgo and Lugari districts. “The beneficiaries of the housing units are identified by the community members. Though all IDPs were affected, we are assisting those who are neediest, “says Odhiambo.
He says the labour is locally generated in order to create income for the local and accelerate the integration of the affected people “The construction of the houses helped to reconcile the communities because during instances like walling, they worked as a team, “He says.
Odhiambo says the provision of shelter for the displaced people had played a key role in the resettlement and integration of people back to the communities. The Mps who visited the IDPs were Ekwe Ethuto (Chairman) Margaret Kamar (Treasurer) and members Peris Siman, Jeremaih Kioni and Erastus Mureith.
Prof. Kamar , who is also the area MP ,says there should be genuine reconciliation and appealed to the elders and provincial administration to spearhead the efforts.
“People have lived together as neighbors for a long time and it is time to bury their differences, “she said. Mr. Ethuro said failure by the Government to pay the displaced Sh35, 000 had frustrated the resettlement.
He appealed to the people to co-exist peacefully and added that tic was shamefully for people to continue in tents.
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