A section of the Integrated Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Nakuru have slammed the parliamentary committee on Delegated Legislation move to reject the National Lands commission (NLC) regulations on historical land injustices.
Led by the group’s patron Peter Tena, the IDPs claim that the committee erred in rejecting the NLC regulations on how to deal with land related injustices in the country despite them having crucial information from the affected parties on the ground.
The house team chaired by Uasin Gishu woman representative Gladys Sholei had rejected proposed regulations by NLC on grounds that the commission delayed in submitting the report to parliament within stipulated time.
According to the committee, the commission had also failed to meet the requirements of public participation as required by law.
However according to Tena, the findings by the house team are not merited saying that public participation was done in all counties where IDPs were also involved.
“The team findings that there was no public participation is a lie since we were all there and we cannot allow a team committee to give a report against the same,” Said Tena.
He states that if the parliament starts to meddle in the affairs of land injustices without any correct information, they IDPs are bound to be the most affected in the same.
They called on the government to intervene in the matter saying that the resettlement act must be enacted to enable them get justice.
They conceded that government’s program to resettle affected persons had been infiltrated by corrupt government officials and brokers who want to disposes them their promised land by the grand-coalition government.
He stated that the Kibaki led government had done its part by acquiring parcels of land countrywide in a bid to bring the IDP saga to a closure adding that it has been hindered by powerful cartels who have interfered with the process.
He added that historical injustices meted on the IDPs are yet to be fully settled calling on relevant authorities to work with speed to ensure the matter is handled with the seriousness it deserves.
Some of the settlement areas the IDPs claim to have been infiltrated by cartels are Soilo in Nakuru county, Banita settlement scheme and the Endebes land.
PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:A section of the Integrated Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Nakuru led by patron Peter Tena addressing media in Nakuru on Thursday.They have slammed the parliamentary committee on Delegated Legislation move to reject the National Lands commission (NLC) regulations on historical land injustices.