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July 4, 2014

Ombudman’s Mathare Launched

2014-06-04 11.52.37The living condition in places like Mathare and the level of neglect by the government warrants quick measure by the residents to hold public servants accountable.
In some quarters it is said that 60% of Nairobi residents live under deplorable conditions.No existence of important service is a common feature.

Launching of the local Ombudsman Committee, ten members in Mathare has come at time when we have several government services being devolved at ward levels. The Mathare Constituency Ombudsman Committee will be based at Mathare Valley Polytechnic next to Mathare Chief’s Camp.
It is hoped that unlike before when resident did not know where to report, this time round things will be different.

Cases of police harassment, lack of responding on time to emergencies like fire outbreak are common. Kenyans are yet to fully trust that systems work like the judiciary and accessing proper justice for slum dwellers in still a pipe dream in Kenya.

With the office coming closer to the people, it is time for people to seize the opportunity and hold all public servant accountable. When forceful evictions occur this time round, we hope it will be investigated and proper action be taken against any public official abetting the vice.

Case Handling Levels see the website: (http://www.ombudsman.go.ke).

June 6, 2012

Elections and Unresolved IDPs Issue in Mathare

As in other places in Kenya, Mathare residents are eagerly awaiting the date for the next elections with alot of anxiety. This is because Mathare constituency has been created and it has six wards. People will be expected to elect an MP and also six county assembly representatives. Possible aspirants have started emerging with promises. One notable thing about aspirants is very few women have emerged to contest in Mathare as a whole. The current atmosphere does not favour women. There is need to support and encourage possible women aspirants.

My worry is that issues related to internally displaced persons (IDPs) has not been fully resolved. Urban IDPs from Mathare area feels that they have been a forgotten lot. Families that were displaced from Kijiji cha Chewa during the height of post election violence feel neglected by the administration. Frequent transfer of chiefs and their assistants has hampered efforts to resolve their issues.

As we approach elections, these families will elect new leadership which might not be sensitive to their needs. There is need to assist these families as new challenges might emerge in coming elections and these might be a forgotten lot. But what will be the result? During the 1992 land clashes in the Rift Valley and forceful evictions of families at Muoroto in Nairobi the end result was increase in the number of street children and beggars in major urban centres. This is a situation that noboday would want to see again. – Simon

 

February 10, 2011

IDPs in Kenya, Delayed Justice

Part of Mathare Valley
Mathare Valley

As the Kenyan government officials are shuttling through African capitals seeking and lobbying for support for the deferral of case against the Ocampo Six, little attention is being given to the victims of post election violence especially from urban communities. This is according to Erick Kioko Wayua, 28, who lost left arm during the 2008 post election violence.

On the night of January 17th 2008 Erick Kioko, 28 will never forget losing his left hand in post election violence that rocked Mathare Valley. He had just gone back into the valley with a group of other young men to keep vigil protecting their properties from being stolen as the valley had been deserted.  Many families had been camping outside the Moi Airbase gate in Eastleigh after being attacked when 2007 election results were announced.

On January 17th 2008 at 9 pm he was attacked and his left hand chopped off. He managed to run for his life leaving behind a whole arm. At this time he was bleeding seriously and fainted in the process. It was very chaotic when he arrived at the IDP camp as there were other people with equally serious injuries. But this shocked other IDPs to him bleeding and without one arm.  Some youth offered to go back into the valley and look for the missing arm.

Women started crying and requested for assistance from the soldiers manning the gate. After consulting, they finally accepted and rushed him to Kenyatta National Hospital. Erick arrived at the Kenyatta National Hospital accompanied by a friend. They arrived at the hospital 10 pm on the night of 17/1/2008 only to be attended to early morning at 2 am (18/1/2008). The doctor recommended that he be admitted. When he woke up from his condition, it dawn on him that he will never see his arm again.

Back in the valley, his friends managed to find the missing arm and brought it back to the IDP camp. The following day it was talk of the day and this ignited more violence for revenge. The situation got out of hand and the camp was also attacked.

After a few days, Erick attracted attention from both the media and NGOs who were working in Mathare Valley to assist victims of post election. Anytime time a visitor would come to the camp, they were told about his case to emphasize the magnitude of the problem faced by IDPs. According to Erick very little attention was given to counsel and prepare him or other IDPs for future life after the post election violence.

Erick feels that very little attention was given by the NGOs and authorities to prepare urban IDPs for future life after ‘peace’ had returned. While he values peace, Erick does not have peace of mind when nobody cares and show concern about him and other 2008 IDPS. “Elections are a source of misery but not a better future” concludes.

As I retreat to back into the deeper community his story lingers in my mind and about the real meaning of democracy, peaceful elections, human rights and good governance for the African people. – simon

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