How to help internally displaced persons.
In 1992, there were tribal clashes in Molo. Some individual from certain tribes lives were shortened. Their properties destroyed and they were forced to leave their homes.
The land they bought with their hard -earned- money. These displaced Kenyans; some flew to Uganda for refuge while some parts of the country stable. Has the Kenya Government ever tried find out who occupied their homes and who does farming on their farms? The government is too busy doing some important things than IDPs maybe. At least these people had land and homes established before clashes occurred.
I am sure the government of Kenya has never wasted her precious time to investigate on this issue. It is the reason as to why clashes keep on re-currying every election in the country. It engineers some communities to force others to leave their farms and businesses. In the mid 1990s in west Pokot District, used to be called before the promulgation of the new constitution.
None were evicted from their homes. I expected the government act responsibly and to find out why these did left the land that belongs them to seek refuge in a neighboring country! If these people owned land in the area why the Government did allowed this to leave their home refuge? It is government the responsibility as to repatriate them, and provide security, let them go back to their former homes cheaply, instead of buy them land wherever else.
The claim always is, the forced out of the land is that, ‘they are taking our jobs and businesses and they occupy their ancestral lands’. Should the blame be put on some people for working hard to amass wealth? If you have lived in a place for long and you have not amassed enough wealth do not blame others for getting rich in a shorter time than you , instead accept your personal mistake and land from learn them to make better you, because not everyone waits for angel Gabriel to bring food from heaven.
It now a routine in Kenya, violence wait for approaching election or just after the election. This is because our politicians are planting bad seeds in the youth. The youth are desperate for jobs, to win votes to fill up their ballots boxes. That is conclusion for our politicians and the arithmetic to gather more votes.
Many are thinking what will happen again come 2013. Our politicians should assure themselves Hague court if they try this time around. The youth will not just wake up one morning, get hold of pagans, rungus and match boxes to touch homes without being incited by an influential individual.
The (IDPs) should not be bought land any where in Kenya. The government of Kenya should act by pushing them to return the land they used to live and security given to them. That is being a sovereign state. They should empowered to farm as they used to before post election violence .To reconcile means the conflicting persons coming together again and co-operate as they used to before conflicts.
It proves how dedicated the government is in preventing any violence related with election in future. Secondly, it proves the government readiness to deal with any act of criminality and taking of justice to the people and protecting them. Letting the conflicting people apart is a sign of fear that they might fight again. It may mean the antagonism is still at large.
The communities are still divided. Now that PNU and ODM are one Government, I don’t see why we should have (IDPs) because, the Truth and reconciliation was forged to healing the wounds. Unless it is just away make donors to believe. We are approaching another election and IDPs have not been settled and those in Uganda not repatriated! It is now a way to win votes by promising the new settlement.
The government should provide security and these people move back to their former homes. These will stop people from thinking that they will evict others come election 2013. The selection of DR Willy Mutunga to head judiciary, Kenyans have had a lot of hope for justified in the future and justice reaching every single Kenyan. The recent purchase of mobile facilities for mobile courts to effects makes Kenyans proud of their government.
The good news is the monitoring politician from spiting venom in the name of hate speech to guarantee Kenyans safety come election 2013 but what is worrying is the striking of police officers. We all hope the government will act more good than worse in handling these striking junior officers.
To monitor social media communications messaging in trying cut back hates through face book, Friendster, bizoppers and twitter only to control the spread of hate messages but to not suppress freedom of expression and association. It is through these social networks that gave birth to Arab uprising demonstration leading to violence.
Other countries like Neighboring Uganda tried to block these communications through these social networks without success. Blocking was not good at all because some messaging are of good intend, they should only monitor to strengthen security only.
By not acting the Government is giving those who evicted others an automatic win over the victims of this violence. They will always ridicule, saying, ‘ you see, we chased them and now they are refugees’. Those who burned others houses and forced them of their land, will assume they have recovered their lands and will encourage the delays title deeds issuance after selling a piece of land to someone and wait for approaching election to force the victims off their land so that they can not claim anything after election violence. This is ‘looting without fear.’ Not good at all.
The acts of criminality is likely to occur in the neighboring communities because they have eyes to see and ears to hear what others did and criminal escaped justice and can decide to do the same on their part. There is nothing that denies them to chase the neighbors who happen to come to that land later than them to claim their traditions in the name of our ancestral land.
The best thing to do is to make the whole land to belong to the government. What is termed as ancestral land should branded another names. If not swept out complete because every tribe in Kenya, Came to Kenya, at least from somewhere; I e Nilotes from Sudan, Bantus from Congo Niger and the Cushites from Ethiopia and that is their ancestral lands. Kenya is home land form them all.
The Government should be sole controller of land. Citizen purchase this land from the government to a maximum acreage. Some should not own more than can even manage or even land equivalent to a province. Kenya is bigger than individual and no one is more Kenya than the others.
Buying (IDPs) land some where does not assure them security in the fast place .Others think (IDPs) are bad people and had right to be chased from where they use to live because of their bad behavior. Forcing them from where they used to live before post election violence should be treat as a crime punishable before the Law.
Those who involved ought to be brought to books to assure Kenyans safety. Otherwise someone somewhere now is scouting on somebody’s land and he is only waiting for election ,2013 to get himself a free land, after all IDPs will bought land by the government in another province. They watching perpetrators walk free in street why not them.
They are only seeing ICC suspects acting Jesus. A good example is where someone sells car to you , later He organizes a gang to rob back the car from you, the same happens with land , someone goes desperately looking for land to buy , come general election he or she is evicted and the piece of land goes back to the owner. The reason why we have government is to prevent this happening!