Kenya Inter-Cluster Team Situation Report No. 16, 11 – 13 Mar 2008: Kenya Post-Election Emergency Response – Cluster: Food Assistance

Source: Inter-Cluster Group for KenyaDate: 13 Mar 2008

Kenya Inter-Cluster Team Situation Report No. 16, 11 – 13 Mar 2008: Kenya Post-Election Emergency Response – Cluster: Food Assistance

Kenya Post-Election Emergency Response: Food Assistance Sector

Situation Overview

Kenya Red Cross, Government of Kenya (Office of the President / Special Programme) and WFP are coordinating the food pipeline and food assistance activities in Kenya building on the existing food assistance coordination mechanisms in Kenya.

The general security situation has been calm with highways and roads being accessible and open. No incidents related to post-election violence were reported during the reporting period. Security situation appears to be returning to normal and calm prevailed in Nairobi, Naivasha, Kakamega, Busia, Eldama Ravine, Mumias, Lodwar, Bungoma, Kisumu, Kericho, Iten, Karbarnet and Kapsabet towns.

However tension remained high in Trans Nzoia and Mt. Elgon district following military operations aimed at flushing out Saboat Land Defence Force Militiamen from Mt Elgon and Kabolet forests. Clashes were reported in Laikipia west in the central province. In Kipkelion and Molo, the IDPs are still living in great fear and cannot move outside their camps. They also feel that the discussions at the national level on peace and power sharing have not yielded much at the grassroots level.

At an inter-agency meeting held on 11th March in Eldoret, the humanitarian agencies unanimously agreed that transit camps will be necessary for ensuring smooth return of IDPs to their homes/farms and requested the government’s support. The IDPs are willing to return but this should be preceded with a dialogue and confidence building measures. Civil society actors are ready to facilitate the process but await direction from the government. In anticipation of rains and flooding there is need to prepare a drainage contingency plan.

The latest IDP number from KRC is 234,725 IDPs in 247 camps. KRC estimates 150,000 IDPs as a medium term caseload, these are IDPs who will not be able to easily go home for different reasons.

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Panel to probe all aspects of the General Election

Source: Reuters FoundationDate: 13 Mar 2008

Kenyan president appoints panel to probe election

By Andrew Cawthorne

NAIROBI, March 13 (Reuters) – Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki, whose disputed re-election triggered violence that damaged his country’s reputation for stability, has appointed a commission of inquiry to investigate the Dec. 27 vote.

A statement sent from Kibaki’s office on Thursday said the panel would “inquire into all aspects of the General Election … with particular emphasis on the Presidential Election”.

The panel is expected to probe the tallying of votes “to assess the integrity of the results” and look into the Electoral Commission of Kenya’s independence among other issues. Continue reading

IOM assists displaced people to return home

Kenya: IOM assists displaced people to return home

Following the signing of the peace agreement between the Kenyan government and the main opposition party, the Orange Democratic Movement, IOM is providing transport to thousands of people displaced in Kenya by violence at the start of the year so that they can return to their former homes.

Assistance so far has been given to more than 1,600 displaced people who had been taking shelter at the Noigam camp in Rift Valley Province to the Geta Farms in the North Rift. Another 3,000 people will be returned home in the next two weeks.

Approaching rains ahead of the planting season is the main reason why returnees are choosing to go back to their farms. Continue reading