I was walking in town this afternoon when I stumbled on a sight that tugged my heart.
A group of IDPs from Mai Mahiu have been sleeping on Harambee Avenue outside the Prime Minister’s office and directly opposite the Office of the President since Thursday last week.
They are seeking the fulfillment of a promise by the Ministry of Special Programmes to give them land.
According to Nahashon Kamau of Vumilia Narok, they were promised two and a quarter acres of land but to-date the government has been playing hide and seek with them.
There is also a dispute between them and the government over whether they should be given land “somewhere in Laikipia” or they should be given Sh500,000 (SH450,000 – land and Sh50,000 – planting) and purchase land where they chose.
So far no government official has spoken to the IDPs who comprise of four different groups: Vumilia Narok, Vumilia Eldoret, Amani (Naivasha) and Maono Yetu (Nakuru).
According to Beatrice Njeri from Vumilia Eldoret they are surviving on the goodness of well-wishers and will only leave Harambee Avenue when the government fulfills their promise.
Mr. Nashon Kamau cuts a dejected figure peering into space as he contemplates his future.
Ms. Beatrice Njeri with her son Ian.
Baby Miriam Njeri playing on Harambee Avenue.
Njeri’s mum washes clothes on Harambee Avenue.
Clothes hang on a disused parking meter on Harambee Avenue.
A section of the IDPs demonstrating outside Parliament.
This on a day when the president opened the Sh980 million refurbished Parliament and incidentally the Prime Minister is in London to watch the closure of the London Olympics and meet investors.
Never mind that the President spent a week in London watching the opening of the Olympics and meeting investors and was too busy to meet Kenyan athletes.
It makes you question a lot of things…
UPDATE: As of today,(Friday) afternoon the families are no longer there. I hope that their prayers were answered.
PRAY FOR KENYA!
GOD BLESS KENYA!