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Wed Feb 13, 2008 1:18 pm
Dear all The security situation in charangany.
In the past few days the security situation has really improved. The communities here are going on with efforts to restore peace through the elders and the clergy. Most of the youth have been advised to restrain from any violence as the negotiation go ahead. The area was tense yesterday from the news that the government side had written to KOFFI ANNAN protesting his statement to the members of parliament on a coalition government. The hopes of many, lies with the negotiation being spearheaded by the former united nation¢s secretary general H.E KOFFI ANNAN.
Due to the area being cosmopolitan, the youth who are the majority have split themselves to groups according to there ethnical backgrounds so as to provide security to their community members who have not fled the area.
The internally displaced persons within the area who are mainly women and children have taken refuge in the nearest police station (kachibora). Some of them had camped in the local churches but have since moved to the police station. There living conditions are pathetic but the international organizations such as Red Cross and UNHCR have come in handy to try and give humanitarian assistance. That is not enough because of the large number of IDPS. Most of the IDPS mainly from the kikuyu and kisii communities have requested the government to provide them with transport and security to their ancestral land.
Cherangany has in the past faced livestock rustling by the neighboring communities mainly the pokots who are pastoralists by nature. This has caused the communities in the area not to restock for fears of the pokot community coming for the livestock.
My wish is to see that peace is restored whichever the means. The post election violence has affected many within the area. My family¢s small shop that was a source of our livelihood was toughed and now my family members depend on well wishes for survival. This experience undergone by my family and many others has touched my heart and GOD willing I will do my best to see to it that peace has been restored. The idea of having peace centers is marvelous. I strongly support the idea and thank ken chelimo for this. These peace centers will go along way in ensuring that the victims of post election violence have somewhere to go and talk to people who love and want peace..the peace centres will also act as central points where all peace initiatives are organized.
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http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/mendenyo/message/1038 Sat Jan 12, 2008 12:05 pm
Before I forget, Samwel Kongere thank you for the airtime you sent me. I get intouch with Dan (sorry am sending his phone number soon) who is now at Noigan Primary School in Cheragany in Rift Valley has diplaced victims. He said the situation is tough. He also gave me some contacts that can be reached and request of any support. He said at the school there are almost 13,000 people who are waiting for the government support. Them that are near Cherangany can reach him and more people in that camp can be reached through him.
SamwelKongere, 01/08/2008 01:13 PM As I am assessing the situation today from Mbita-Rusinga Island, I need to recommend and thank our team for the serious efforts you’ve taken to help us get food, transport, medicine, and airtime which is being used as a bargaining chip to buy food etc. So sending that is not a bad idea. As for money, But as the situation is contained in Nyanza, Western, and central Rift Valley, there is still some problems of displaced people in Transzoia district. I communicated with one army officer and one police constable; they mentioned that Cherangani Primary school is full of people who are displaced numbering 20,000. In cherangani; there is a real hazard and need which can be administered by our forum if there is one us there who can be contacted not the officers to help and information.
Many there: want to go to Uganda but the police officers insist they go to Nairobi which is very far from there. I have talked with Wesley & Dennis over this and they are finding more information regarding this totally. Wesley tells me The Red Cross is taking food and some possible resources which might be of help there today. I don’t know why the officers are forcing people to go to Nairobi against their wish!. These are the conflicting aspects of peace-making in the North Rift region.